The University of Missouri will use a federal grant to form a new research center for patient-centered outcomes.
The researchers leading the project say the goal is to help doctors more easily navigate the complex web of health systems and providers, and come up with the best treatment options for patients based on their individual circumstances.
The $4.5 million grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services will bring together researchers from the MU School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions and School of Journalism for a 5-year project.
The grant will focus on three major projects: looking for ways to improve the process for people leaving skilled nursing facilities, improving decision-making in the prescription of narcotics for chronic pain, and comparing surgery to less invasive procedures that are used to try to save limbs. Researchers say they’ll also be preparing for more opportunities to secure grants for these kinds of efforts.