Second Plenary Session of AHRQ 2010 Annual Conference
Tue, Sept 28
Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of AHRQ, the health research arm of Health and Human Services, introduced the second plenary session of AHRQ 2010 Annual Conference in Bethesda, Maryland on September 28, 2010.
If the metrics baseball innovator, Billy Dean, were a government man, the title of Lewis’s book would have been Baseball Services Research. Gawande went on to describe how research had been used to improve the medical support for US troops in the field including achieving the actual use of kevlar in the field, redesigning sunglasses that previously looked uncool, and conducting partial surgery right in the field, and leaving the remainder to be done elsewhere.
After speaking about comparative effectiveness research, Gawande mentioned the work of Jeffrey Brenner, MD, of Camden, NJ, without naming him in his talk. This “Camden physician” has studied and set up services that help the most vulnerable, chronically ill patients, mostly with drug and alcohol problems, many homeless. This project is being performed under the umbrella of Camden Coalition for Healthcare Providers.