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Commentary

Commentary: Putting Evidence to Work: An Expanded Research Agenda for Academic Medicine in the Era of Health Care Reform

Bonham, Ann C. PhD; Rich, Eugene C. MD; Davis, David A. MD; Longnecker, David E. MD; Heinig, Stephen J.

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Abstract

The historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) signed into law by President Obama has brought into sharp focus the need and opportunity for an expanded continuum of biomedical research. An updated research agenda must build on basic science and classical clinical investigation to place a more deliberate emphasis on patient- and population-outcome-oriented science and to apply science to help transform our current inefficient and expensive health care system into a more evidence-based system of effective, coordinated, safe, and patient-centered health care. If academic medicine is to play a leading role in this 21st-century transformation of health care through research, as it did in the 20th century, those in the community must think strategically about what needs to be done to be part of the solution for transforming the nation's health care delivery systems and prevention strategies, and the changes in institutional, organizational, and individual behaviors and values required to get there. Not all institutions will engage in the science called for in health care reform, but for those institutions with the interest, capacity, and resources to move forward, what is needed?

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