In This Video
- The Deborah Kelly Center is designed to help facilitate and support excellent obstetrics and gynecology outcomes research to make decisions informed by the best evidence available as well as the priorities of patients
- In addition to talking with patients to understand what is most important to them, they look at population-level databases to understand what different hospital and provider characteristics might impact the quality of care
- Translating the research back into the information that patients and providers need when they are making individuals decisions is at the forefront of the center's work to ensure the research benefits patients
In this video, Anjali J. Kaimal, MD, MAS, director of the Deborah Kelly Center for Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses how the center facilitates and supports obstetrics and gynecologic outcomes research—ensuring clinical decision-making is informed by the best evidence available and the priorities of patients.
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One of my roles within the department is to help to lead the Deborah Kelly Center for Outcomes Research. The Deborah Kelly Center is designed to help to facilitate and support excellent obstetrics and gynecology outcomes research. Patients in our outcomes research help us to make sure that we are making decisions informed by the best evidence available as well as the importance and priorities of our patients.
The way that we try to figure that out is by, first of all, talking to patients and figuring out what is most important to them, and we can do that in lots of different ways both individually and at a population level, and then also looking at population level databases to help us to understand what different patient characteristics as well as hospital characteristics and provider characteristics might be impacting our quality of care overall. We take that information and try to help to design interventions to make sure that we deliver the best care available both here, and also are able to share that information so that providers everywhere can benefit from it.
One of the things that I love about obstetrics is that it really requires the combination of art and science. I think that as we have gotten more and more advanced with our statistical techniques, as we have understood more and more about the rich data that is available from the electronic health record, we really have gotten more and more powerful tools to be able to understand what is happening to each individual patient, understand how that impacts health at a population level, and then translate that back into the information that patients and providers need when they are making decisions for an individual patient in their office.
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