Surgical Outcomes Research is a hybrid of various health services research (HSR) methodologies geared towards assessing the quality and effectiveness of surgical outcomes at a patient and population level. Surgical outcomes research not only involves research on the efficacy of various surgical procedures, but also involves examining the factors that can affect surgical outcomes. These factors include the epidemiologic, sociologic, economic, and other demographic variables concerning patients. The ultimate goal of surgical outcomes research being to inform patients, care givers, medical personnel, and policy makers to allow for better health care decision making and health policy.
Duke SCORES (Surgical Center for Outcomes Research) is an interdisciplinary effort that promotes excellence in HSR for various surgical patient populations. Duke SCORES serves as a hub for education, research, mentorship, and resources to enable trainees and faculty to ask and answer questions with direct translational relevance to clinical research, patient care, safety, and quality improvement. Duke SCORES mission is to encourage and expand the level of Surgical Outcomes Research within the Duke University Health System.
Support surgical faculty and trainees interested in HSR, and provide the resources and skills to engage in outcomes research.
Recognize excellence in surgical outcomes research by highlighting work done both within Duke and by nationally prominent visiting professors.
Serve as the main point of contact for internal/external data by merging all department of Surgery outcomes data efforts under SCORES.
Develop and maintain mutually beneficial inter-departmental alliances including Orthopaedics, Anesthesiology, Population Health Sciences and the School of Nursing.
Become a self-sustainable program by way of grant support and industry sponsored, investigator-initiated research projects.
SCORES Scholars Program
The Duke SCORES Scholars Program provides funding of up to $15,000 per project for 12 months to catalyze investigations of key questions in surgical outcomes research. The goals of this program are to foster new collaborations among Duke researchers, support research teams in obtaining preliminary data that will be used to apply for larger awards, and provide opportunities for mentoring and training for junior faculty, residents and medical students.
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To learn more about Duke SCORES, email us or call 919.684.1366.