Division research faculty members are well published and present their work and conduct workshops at a number of national and regional meetings each year. Research, conducted at highest scientific standards, targets areas such health care disparities, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, access to care of underserved populations, aging and geriatric care, professional education, and medical informatics. Clinical and Health Services research is conducted in collaboration with Department of Biometry and Biostatistics, Center for Health Services Research, College of Nursing, SC College of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
The Center for Health Disparities Research directed by Leonard Egede, MD, MS, brings together core faculty from several MUSC Colleges to develop clinical research infrastructure and enhance MUSC competitiveness in obtaining extramural research support in health disparities research. The Center emphasizes collaborative research to build bridges across colleges on campus and across institutions within the state of South Carolina. Research within the Center focuses on three main areas including: 1) primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of chronic diseases in diverse populations; 2) interventions at the patient, provider, and health systems levels to reduce or eliminate racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic differences in quality of care and health outcomes; and 3) novel interventions to improve health care delivery and health outcomes for rural dwelling residents. The General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics fellows enrolled in the Academic Generalist Fellowship is also housed in the Center for Health Disparities Research.
Outpatient Quality Improvement Network (OQUIN)
Background: The Outpatient Quality Improvement Network (OQUIN) led by Dr. Brent Egan, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, evolved from the Hypertension Initiative, which was formed in 2000 at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). It is an active Practice Based Research Network and Quality Improvement Network..
Purpose: The purpose of the OQUIN is primordial, primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, which began with a focus on heart and vascular health. OQUIN uses a complementary two-component strategy to pursue its purpose; namely, healthy lifestyles and access to effective care and medications. The principal means for pursuing its purpose is a network of community-based practices that share a common commitment to improving health promotion and excellence in chronic disease prevention and management through application and sharing of evidence-based best practices. A centralized database reflecting medical summary data from adult patients at all participating practice sites provides a dynamic information management infrastructure to assist primary care physicians to monitor and optimize their cardiovascular risk factors and treatment patterns in their patients. Physicians are able to meaningfully use health data for decision support and improve outcomes for patients.
Scope: In 2000, the project began with 20 participating providers and 3,000 patient records. Today, the database contains 1.94 million patients seen by ~3,000 physicians and actively monitors cardiovascular treatment and outcomes in more than 350,008 hypertensive patients. It is available to practices and physicians across the United States.
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