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Understanding Health Care Outcomes Research, Second Edition

Author(s): Robert L. Kane, MD, Professor, School of Public Health, Minnesota Chair in Long-term Care and Aging, Director, Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center, Director, University of Minnesota Clinical Outcomes Research Center, University of Minnesota, Minnesota
  • ISBN-13: 9780763734411
  • ISBN-10:0763734411
  • Paperback    404 pages      © 2006
Price: $209.95 US List
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The first edition of this ground-breaking book was the pioneer text on outcomes research. It's a resource no quality-minded health care professional should be without. Both practical and applied, this book makes sense of the new science of studying health care outcomes - a vital process in health care quality assurance.  Understanding Health Care Outcomes Research, Second Edition, gives readers a wealth of expert advice on the basic framework needed to conduct any type of outcomes research, formulating the model, choosing the study design, developing meaningful measures, gathering data, and assessing and presenting results.

The second edition includes new chapters on confounders, research design, and working within clinical settings. All chapters have been updated. Understanding Health Care Outcomes Research, Second Edition includes more attention to larger interventions that include population level changes.

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This practical guide discusses how to conduct health outcomes research with special attention to study design and measurement

It provides the basics on how to design and conduct a study up to the point of data analysis

It contains specific attention on each of the major topics that need to be measured in an outcomes study

It addresses principles of research, tips on research designs, and measurement concepts


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Designing an Outcomes Research Study
Chapter 3 Isolating the Effects of Treatment
Chapter 4 Measurement
Chapter 5 Generic Measures
Chapter 6 Condition-specific Measures
Chapter 7 Satisfaction with Care
Chapter 8 Severity and Comorbidity
Chapter 9 Demographic, Psychological and Social
Chapter 10 Capturing the Effects of Treatment
Chapter 11 Analysis of Cost-Effectiveness
Chapter 12 Implementing Outcomes Research in Clinical Settings
Chapter 13 Practical Advice about Outcomes Research


Robert L. Kane, MD-Professor, School of Public Health, Minnesota Chair in Long-term Care and Aging, Director, Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center, Director, University of Minnesota Clinical Outcomes Research Center, University of Minnesota, Minnesota


Robert Kane, MD, holds an endowed chair in Long-term Care and Aging at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where he was formerly the Dean. He directs the University of Minnesota's Center on Aging, the Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center, the Clinical Outcomes Research Center, and an AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Center. He has conducted numerous research studies on both the clinical care and the organization of care for older persons, especially those needing long-term care. He is the author or editor of 31 books and more than 470 journal articles and book chapters on geriatrics and health services research. He has analyzed long-term systems both in this country and abroad. Recent books include The Heart of Long-term Care, Assessing Older Persons, the 6th edition of Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics, the 2nd edition of Conducting Health Care Outcomes Research, and Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Illness. He and his sister, Joan West, have written an account of the struggles to get adequate long-term care for their mother, It Shouldn’t Be This Way. That experience led to his founding a national organization dedicated to improving long-term care, Professionals with Personal Experience with Chronic Care (PPECC), which has over 800 members. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.
            His current research addresses both acute and long-term care for older persons, with special attention to the role of managed care, chronic disease, and disability, as well as systematic reviews of the literature on various topics. Dr. Kane has consulted to a number of national and international agencies, including the World Health Organization's Expert Committee on Aging. He has received the President’s Award from the American Society on Aging and the Polisher Award from the Gerontological Society of America, the Enrico Greppi Prize from the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the British Geriatrics Society Medal for the Relief of Suffering amongst the Aged. He was elected to the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center’s Academy for Excellence in Health Research.
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