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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

SORCE trains the next generation of health services researchers:

  • Outcomes Research Roundtables - Reinventing Surgery: Creating a System that Works (Fall 2009)
  • NIDDK-funded T32 training program, allowing for mentored outcomes research projects and advanced health services research training for post-doctoral fellows
  • Undergraduate internship program

SORCE educates the community of surgeons, students and stakeholders:

  • Bi-weekly work-in-progress sessions in comparative effectiveness research for trainees, in association with the CHASE Alliance

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

  • Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) — a Washington State surgical process and outcomes surveillance program
  • Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) — a national process of care project
  • National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP) — an American College of Surgeons accreditation and quality improvement project
  • Center for Native Population Health Disparities, a UW center for improving cancer health outcomes and quality of life for American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Cooperative research agreements with Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program and Department of Health

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

  • Vascular and Interventional SCOAP (VI-SCOAP)
  • Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN)



reviewed 03/11 SL

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