Areas of Excellence

Health Systems

Much of the research that our members conduct can be described as comparative effectiveness research (CER). The Harvard School of Public Health defines CER as:

“. . . research that identifies what clinical and public health interventions work best for improving health. Interventions include not only the elements of direct clinical care such as diagnosis and treatment protocols, but also innovations in health care delivery, organization and financing, as well as public health interventions in the community, including those intended to modify health awareness, lifestyle, diet, or environmental exposures. In a CER study, interventions should, at a minimum, be compared on the basis of some health-related outcome measure. Study methods may include randomized trials with at least two active (non-placebo) intervention arms, database studies, observational studies, model-based studies, and decision analysis. Research projects that develop methods or infrastructure for CER would also be classifiable as CER.”

In addition to CER, our members also have demonstrated expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research. Our studies are conducted in acute care, continuing care (residential long term care, assisted/supportive living, home care), and in public health and community health settings. We work across the lifespan with  concentrations of members focusing on children and older adults including research on frail older adults with dementia. Some members focus more of their research on clinician and student behavior.


  • Knowledge translation  
  • Evidence informed decision-making 
  • Quality of care/improvement science 
  • Patient safety 
  • Leadership science 
  • Health policy  
  • System learning and innovation 
  • Gerontology Pediatrics