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Health Services Research-Outcomes


*Economic evaluation and cost-effectiveness
*Patient-partnered health services
*Health economics and quality of life
*Patient-reported outcomes
*Clinical registries
*Claims data analyses
*Comparative effectiveness
*Quality measurement and improvement
*Implementation science
*Empirical bioethics
*Drug and device safety
*Sophisticated statistical methodologies
*Risk model development
*Medical decision making and modeling
*Patient-provider communication



To lead and advance innovative health services research that improves the quality, value, and outcomes of patient-centered care.


  • Largest academic health services research group in the United States
  • 34 faculty members
  • 100+ dedicated staff
  • Our foundation is grounded in the academic mission of the DCRI and Duke School of Medicine


  • Training the next generation of outcomes researchers
  • Conducting research that improves health care delivery and patient-centered outcomes
  • Implementing methods that produce high-integrity evidence-based information to guide clinical practice, health care delivery, and health policy
  • Creating methodical design of clinical research studies
  • Collecting high-quality data
  • Performing rigorous statistical analysis of both clinical and administrative datasets
  • Publishing research findings in established peer-reviewed medical journals


  • Health Economics and Policy (HEP): HSR HEP collects real-world billing data, performs event validation, and maintains privacy and regulatory considerations. The team has collected more than 100,000 bills (including 19,500 for the TRANSLATE-ACS study).
  • Call Center (CC): HSR CC facilitates the collection of patient-reported clinical, medication adherence, education evaluation, and quality-of-life outcomes.
  • Distributed Research Networks (DRN): Several HSR members are part of the Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory DRN (National Institutes of Health), which enables investigators to collaborate on the use of electronic health data, while minimizing the need to transfer protected health information and proprietary data.



Adrian Hernandez

Adrian F. Hernandez, MD, MHS

Co-Director, Health Services Research Group
Faculty Associate Director, DCRI
Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiology, Duke School of Medicine


Kevin Schulman (home)

Kevin A. Schulman, MD, MBA

Co-Director, Health Services Research Group
Faculty Associate Director, DCRI
Gregory Mario and Jeremy Mario Professor of Business Administration, Duke University
Visiting Professor, Harvard Business School



To learn more:

Contact Elizabeth Fraulo

Health Services Research Fact Sheet [pdf]


Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs)

Led by Dr. Eric D. Peterson, the Duke Cardiovascular Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Duke CERTs team recognizes that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and disproportionately impacts the elderly, racial minorities, and people with low incomes. The Duke CERTs team is committed to focusing on scientific investigation in the following five areas: (1) acute coronary syndromes; (2) coronary revascularization; (3) heart failure; (4) stroke; and (5) sudden cardiac arrest. The Duke CERTs mission is to improve the quality of cardiovascular treatment by identifying gaps in patient care, providing evidence of effective treatment strategies, translating knowledge into practice, and educating patients on the importance of adherence to recommended treatments.

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Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC)

The Duke Evidence-based Practice Center brings together the expertise necessary to develop state of the art systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The EPC advances understanding of clinical topics through 1) a thorough ascertainment of available scientific research, 2) a scientifically-driven process for evaluating available evidence, and 3) a methodologically sophisticated analysis designed to demonstrate and estimate bias. The goal of such projects is to aid in the development of clinical practice guidelines or practice improvement projects. The center is one of 13 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) nationwide designated and funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).



Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE)

DEcIDE is a network of research centers that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created in 2005 to generate new knowledge. The DEcIDE Network conducts accelerated practical studies about the outcomes, comparative clinical effectiveness, safety, and appropriateness of health care items and services. The network is comprised of research-based health organizations with access to electronic health information databases and the capacity to conduct rapid turnaround research.



File Health Services Research Brochure (2014)
Page Education Outcomes Project Portfolio
Page Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement
Page Our Projects
Folder Racial and Ethnic Disparities Research
Microsite Folder FAST STEMI
Folder STEMI Accelerator
Folder The Regional Systems Accelerator
Folder TEAM-HF
File Health Services Research Fact Sheet (2016)
Last updated March 2016
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