Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research
Over the past decade, health services research has come a long way in its understanding of the organization and financing of healthcare and in its ability to assess the effectiveness of health services and their impact on patient outcomes. But in today’s health care environment, a need exists to move beyond documenting the existence of problems to finding solutions that will eliminate them. To this end, research must be conducted in a timely manner, with results communicated directly to decision makers. The IU School of Medicine Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research (CHPPR) was specifically developed to address this need.
The main objective of the Center is to perform quick turnaround research on the most vital topics of the day, particularly those related to healthcare financing, the uninsured, medical education/training, and ethical, professional and legal issues pertaining to physician practice. Our research is pertinent to the practice of medicine locally in Indiana as well as nationally. It is our goal for the Center to serve as an objective source of information for both policymakers and health care professionals, and we make a concerted effort to communicate the results of our research directly to these individuals so that our findings can have a more immediate impact on health care and policy.
Moreover, the Center is committed to improving the distribution and dissemination of relevant research to the public. Members of the Center do so through a variety of means and venues.
The Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research operates within the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) and Riley Hospital’s Pediatrics department, located in the IUSM Health Information and Translational Science building. This 166,000-square-foot building houses health science researchers from nine divisions, including Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research, Children’s Health Services Research, Indiana University Center for Health Services & Outcomes Research, and the Regenstrief Institute as well as the departments of Biostatistics and Bioethics. Although the disciplines of researchers in this building vary, all are dedicated to improving the health and standard of living of Indiana’s adults and children through research.