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Health Care Delivery and Policy

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Health Care Delivery and Policy research aims to improve both how the health system works, and the care patients receive. Investigators in our section conduct studies that can help individual physicians and large integrated systems learn the best way to support their patients and encourage them to make informed health care decisions. We also conduct research that can help operational leaders and clinicians improve population health by choosing the most effective approaches to care delivery.

Our research is used to improve patients’ health and the quality, safety, and effectiveness of health care systems, manage health care costs, and guide health care policies. Our work explores the geographic, gender, ethnic, and racial disparities in health and health care, with the goal of not only identifying obstacles and barriers to care but identifying solutions that can overcome them. We look at how social factors, insurance status, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and individual behaviors affect who accesses care, how they access care, and the care they receive. This work includes research on:

  • Patient-Centered Outcomes
  • Health and Health Care Disparities
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Health Systems
  • Complex Patients
  • Evidence-Based Guidelines

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We also design, implement, and rigorously evaluate new tools that can improve clinical care and help patients make educated health care decisions. This work includes:

  • Informatics and Decision Support
  • Consumer-Driven Benefit Design
  • Health Information Technology

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The Health Care Delivery and Policy section is 1 of 6 research sections at the Division of Research. Since 2000, DOR researchers have published more than 5,500 peer-reviewed articles, including 538 papers in 2020 alone.

You can learn more about our research aimed at reducing racial and ethnic health disparities on the Equity in Health and Health Care page of our website.