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SORCE collaborates with interested investigators functioning as a “one-stop shop” with expertise in:

  • Health services and patient-oriented outcomes research design
  • Grant application and budget development
  • Health services study development and project management
  • Data management and statistical support
  • Quality improvement initiative design and delivery
  • Community-wide research collaborative building
  • Translating research back into practice
  • Research project management
  • Institutional review board submission and adherence management

SORCE trains the next generation of health services researchers:

  • NIDDK-funded T32 training program, allowing for mentored outcomes research projects and advanced health services research training for post-doctoral fellows
  • Undergraduate internship program
  • Bi-weekly work-in-progress sessions in comparative effectiveness research for trainees, in association with the CHASE Alliance

SORCE engages the community of surgeons, students, and stakeholders:

  • Quarterly Spine Care Forum, which brings together stakeholders in the field of spine care to identify areas requiring further examination and areas for improvements in care delivery.
  • Clinician workgroups in multiple clinical areas to develop and oversee quality improvement and research projects.
  • CERTAIN Patient Voices, which seeks to improve research by providing a way for patients to work in collaboration with researchers throughout the research process — from the identification of research questions to the communication of the results.

SORCE changes healthcare policy by working with stakeholders and researchers in quality improvement and dissemination programs:

SORCE oversees several projects in service to the Department of Surgery in regards to quality improvement and surgical clinical data registries:

  • Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) — a Washington State surgical process and outcomes surveillance program
  • Vascular and Interventional SCOAP (VI-SCOAP)
  • Spine SCOAP
  • National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP) — a nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care organized through the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)


Modified August 22, 2014 - MDH

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