CONDUCT innovative research to understand and improve patient-centered outcomes in health care
Research at CORE focuses on outcomes that matter to patients:
- Health, disease, survival, health-related quality of life
- Patient experiences with care
- Health care quality and safety
- Comparative effectiveness of medical interventions
CORE consists of a multidisciplinary group of researchers with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, health communication and decision making, informatics, medical education, predictive modeling, and population health. CORE scientists conduct patient-centered outcomes research in collaboration with clinicians and investigators both at Maine Medical Center and the larger regional, national, and international research communities. Research at CORE focuses on a variety of health problems including cancer, cardiovascular disease, injury and trauma, palliative care and end-of-life care, primary care, and psychiatric disease. CORE research has been supported by various funding agencies, including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation
INITIATE and evaluate interventions to improve health care quality and safety
CORE supports the mission of Maine Medical Center by actively engaging in institutional quality improvement initiatives. CORE scientists, led by Dr. Kathleen Fairfield, Dr. Amy Haskins, and Ms. Andrea Siewers, are engaged in a strategic partnership with the Center for Performance Improvement at MMC, and provide leadership and support for several institutional initiatives to improve health care quality and patient safety. Current active projects include a major initiative to measure and improve length of stay.
SUPPORT research through education, training, and mentoring
CORE supports research at Maine Medical Center aimed at enabling clinician-investigators across the institution to conduct high-quality patient-centered outcomes research. These programs include seminars and workshops on research methods, a research navigator program that provides support, consultation, and mentorship for individual investigators across the institution, and topic-focused research groups aimed at stimulating research and building communities of investigators with common interests.