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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 36, n° 6
pages 999-1006 (juin 1997)
Doi : 10.1016/S0190-9622(97)80286-1
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Outcomes research: An overview
 

Holly B. Faust, MD a, b, c, Ginat W. Mirowski, DMD, MD a, d, Tsu-Yi Chuang, MD, MPH a, e, Charles W. Lewis, MD a, Rene Gonin, PhD a, b, Catherine Melfi, PhD b, Evan R. Farmer, MD a, c,
a Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 
b Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 
c Department of Pathology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 
d Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 
e Richard Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana USA 

*Reprint requests: Holly B. Faust, MD, Department of Dermatology, Indiana University, 550 N. University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202.
Abstract

During the past few years there has been significant interest in studying methods that document outcomes of medical care. Outcomes management should result in higher quality health care at lower cost. However, what does outcomes research mean and how does it apply to dermatology and specifically to the individual dermatologist? This article reviews the evolution of medical outcomes research and presents the status of the current instruments, indices, and methods.

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