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CHOIR, a veterans Administration HSR&D center of Excellence the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial veterans Hospital, is one of eleven centers of excellence for health services research in the country. CHOIR's research agenda focuses on three main areas that reflect the overall goal of improving the quality of care that veteran patients receive: health quality assessment, health outcomes measurement and health economics. The methodologies developed at CHOIR incorporate complementary approaches - considering the patient's as well as the provider's perspective, and using functional as well as physiological parameters. Research has focused on areas that promise to provide insight into improving both the quality of care that patients receive as well as the efficiency by which the care is provided.

CHOIR prides itself as a center at the forefront of health services research. CHOIR has a core of very experienced senior health services researchers to lead its broad research agenda.  It has been redefining itself as a center that not only can describe care, but can also improve it.

CHOIR reaffirms its commitment to research on patient safety and medication effectiveness. In addition, the Center is emphasizing a third priority - patient-centered care that builds on past achievements while directly addressing the VA strategic vision to operate as a patient-centered, culturally sensitive, and integrated health care organization.

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