New Cardiovascular Outcomes Center Promotes Better Patient Care

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The National Institutes of Health has established a Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Center at Yale with a four-year, $3.6 million grant. The center, one of three funded nationally, will help expand work to improve the care and outcomes of cardiovascular patients undergoing tests and procedures.

Led by Yale Professors Jeptha Curtis, M.D., and Harlan Krumholz, M.D., the center will support scholarship that is of practical value to the clinical practice and health care policy. It will be located in the internationally renowned Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, which is part of Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

“The Cardiovascular Outcomes Center will foster strong collaborations with experts from across the nation,” said Curtis, assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. “Collaborators representing a truly multidisciplinary group of clinicians and researchers will help guide research and provide early stage investigators with invaluable mentorship opportunities.”

Curtis said that with the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there is now a national focus on the quality, performance and effectiveness of hospitals. As a result, there is a greater need for research to help inform the medical community and establish evidence-based practices that promote better patient care and outcomes.

The Cardiovascular Outcomes Center incorporates innovations that will help advance and improve clinical decision-making and health care delivery. “The knowledge we gain from these innovations will help to ensure that good science is guiding decisions being made by patients, clinicians and policymakers; it will also ensure that patients are receiving the highest quality of care,” said Krumholz, the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health and Investigative Medicine. Krumholz is also director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.