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New Academic Excellence Funded Center

The Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes has been established recently through a Rutgers University Academic Excellence Fund. Directed by Professor Stephen Crystal, the Center will foster collaborative research initiatives on pharmacotherapy and chronic disease management among researchers from multiple disciplines and academic units including Sociology, Economics, Statistics, the Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing, School of Social Work, E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, UMDNJ School of Public Health and School of Medicine, and Columbia Universityís Department of Psychiatry. The Centerís research will focus on understanding the complex factors and processes that shape utilization of pharmacotherapy and provide a stronger knowledge base for quality improvement and more-effective use of medications, especially in managing individuals with chronic health conditions. Studies will evaluate the impact of policy and health care system changes, such as the implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act, on effective pharmacotherapy use and chronic care management. As biomedical research and development provide an increasingly powerful armament of drugs with enormous potential for improving health outcomes, prudent and evidenced-based treatments need to be used consistently to reach the appropriate persons. The health care system performs remarkably poorly in achieving this goal. This AEF award will foster outstanding research and training, contribute importantly to health care improvement and population health, and enrich academic and service missions of the university. Its activities will provide the foundation for sustainable external support for a coherent, multidisciplinary set of initiatives on effective use of pharmacotherapy.

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