CENTER for HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH CORES

Database Management and Analysis Core 
We offer educational, computational, and data acquisition support for analyses of publicly available biomedical and public health datasets. We also provide consulting services regarding the design, conduct and analysis of studies involving these datasets, facilitating the development of hypotheses for health research, guidance for policy choices, or documentation of community health concerns. Contact: lesley.bristol@vumc.org 

Implementation Science/Quality Improvement Core  
Provides consultation and research support services for the implementation and evaluation of initiatives to improve the quality, safety, value, and delivery of health care. Services include consultation on the use of implementation science frameworks, study design (including hybrid designs, quasi-experimental and pragmatic clinical trials), selection of process and outcome measures, program evaluation, and assistance with manuscript and grant preparation.  Contact: erin.acord@vumc.org

Qualitative Research Core 
Offers consultative services, equipment, and facilitation to support investigators planning to conduct qualitative studies, with a particular focus on use of structured and semi-structured interviews, web-based collection of qualitative data, direct observation of behavior, and focus groups. Contact:kemberlee.bonnet@vanderbilt.edu

Effective Health Communication Core 
Provides consultation on aspects of research study design, informed consent, patient recruitment, measurement, data collection, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and manuscript preparation related to health literacy, numeracy, cross-cultural communication and mobile device or internet-based communication. Contact: sarah.e.mcphillips@vumc.org

Human Factors and Systems Analysis Core 
Provides training and assistance in observing and analyzing human factors involved in both individual clinical tasks and complex health systems in order to improve patient safety and provider and system efficiency in health care delivery. Contact: sharon.t.stanley.1@vumc.org