Glossary of Terms
Increasing the ability of individuals, organizations and systems to perform appropriate functions effectively, efficiently and sustainably.
User of SUPPORT Unit services, including individual or groups of patients, providers, decision makers, researchers, and members of research teams.
A research study that prospectively assigns humans to one or more interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes. Traditionally conducted in idealized settings to give an intervention, its best chance to demonstrate a beneficial effect. Often involves narrow patient populations, well-controlled settings, interventions delivered by “experts,” close monitoring during study follow-up and emphasizes one “primary” outcome.
The procedures used to minimize bias, maximize efficiency, and enhance generalizability. Includes study design (randomization, blinding, number of patients needed, etc.), study processes/operations (recruiting, consenting & following-up patients, outcome assessment and capture, etc.) and study analysis and reporting (estimating impact and uncertainty, supporting decision-making, etc.)
Electronic Community of Practice
Individuals who make decisions about, or influence, health policies or practices.