The field of health outcomes is concerned with understanding and
improving the economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes of
- Research examining the positive and negative clinical
effects of drug exposure.
A recent study examined the negative effects on the kidney due to
exposure to vancomycin, an intravenous antibiotic. The
financial impact of this kidney damage was also assessed.
- Research examining the effect of healthcare policy on
Ongoing research seeks to understand the safety of medications used
to treat seizures.
The field of pharmacoinformatics is concerned with understanding
and improving the use of information and information technology as
related to the field of pharmacy.
- Research examining the impact of outreach education programs
designed to improve the dissemination of best practices and
An ongoing prescriber education program has led to the publication
of “best practices” white papers and one-on-one
outreach to prescribers who care for underserved patients.
- Research to improve the effectiveness of communication
between the healthcare payer and healthcare provider.
An ongoing research project examines the effectiveness of
individualized communication from pharmacists to provide a feedback
loop to prescribers.
- Developing a central, shared repository of research
databases that can be accessed by multiple researchers as well as
providing aid to the researchers as needed.
Providing this service will improve the ability to conduct research
not only for members of the Center for HOPE, but for other
researchers as well.
- Drug information and drug utilization review
Ongoing integration of information technology to improve drug
information support for prescribers that care for the
Epidemiology is concerned with understanding and improving
- Research examining the changing impact of disease and
medication use over time.
A completed study showed that infection with Clostridium difficile
in hospitalized patients has increased over the past decades;
however, the expansion of treatment, including surgical
intervention, has helped to prevent an increase in associated
- Research to understand barriers to care experienced by the
underserved and to understand how patient preferences in the
underserved compare to the rest of the population.
The Center for HOPE is developing a survey to understand what
barriers to pharmacy care the underserved face and to understand
what services this population desires so that healthcare
organizations may better meet this population’s needs.
- Assistance in the development of policies to reduce the
illness burden in the population.