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Established in 1989, Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) measures and assessed health care treatments and services through the application of research and systematic evaluation.

CORE’s current focus is on improving health care services, clinical informatics, quality and satisfaction reporting, providing support for compliance with regulatory policies as well as building infrastructure for health services research.

It has gained national attention recently for pioneering the first randomized control trial of the impact of healthcare on patient health. NIH funding of this trial drew in collaborators from Harvard and MIT and promises to direct public policy in national healthcare.

CORE has a team of directors, analysts, research assistants and other staff with expertise covering the entire gamut of health services research. CORE’s knowledge and skills in research methods, design, data collection, statistical analysis, information system development, and presentation of information are leveraged in collaboration with medical, nursing and administrative staff to determine a research agenda. As a unique resource, CORE strives to align itself with the strategic priorities and initiatives of Providence Health & Services and to embody the Providence Mission through its work. Its investigators have provided investigative support to our faculty and residents in their quality improvement projects.