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Investigator Spotlight: Lisa Strate, MD, MPH

Lisa Strate, MD, MPH, is a CERTAIN investigator working on the DEBUT study. She is a gastroenterologist at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center who specializes in the care of patients with diverticular disease. As a diverticulitis researcher for over 10 years, Dr. Strate is excited to be involved in DEBUT because the study will help to answer practical questions for clinicians and patients, including how diverticulitis and available treatments impact quality of life. It also has the potential to reach out to an extensive network of patients and clinicians.

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PCORI Annual Meeting: Scholarship Opportunity for Patients, Caregivers, and Students

Are you a patient, caregiver, or graduate student in a health-related field of study? Apply for a scholarship to attend the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Annual Meeting on November 17-19, 2016, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

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Inaugural CERTAIN Study Results Published in JAMA Surgery

Results of the PAD Study found that patients with intermittent claudication, a form of peripheral arterial disease, who had circulation-restoring procedures called revascularization had better quality of life and fewer symptoms a year later than patients who underwent medical management. The inaugural study of the CERTAIN Collaborative and the CERTAIN network, published today in JAMA Surgery, compared two ways to treat intermittent claudication by evaluating outcomes that are important to patients. 

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CERTAIN Hiring Senior Project Manager & Analyst Lead

CERTAIN is hiring for two open positions!

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CERTAIN Hiring Clinical Stakeholder Engagement Coodinator

CERTAIN is hiring a full-time Clinical Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator who will join SORCE's Stakeholder Engagement Team with a focus on building and sustaining long-term engagement with our clinical partners. This position has three major areas of responsibility: (1) Clinical Stakeholder Engagement Program Planning and Oversight (40%), Project Implementation through Clinical Stakeholders (40%), and Administrative Management (20%).

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CERTAIN Hiring Communications & Engagement Coordinator

CERTAIN is hiring a full-time Communications & Engagement Coordinator who will provide professional-level internal and external communications and engagement coordination across CERTAIN and for specific CERTAIN projects. This position has three major areas of responsibility: (1) Communications Management (50%), (2) Stakeholder Engagement Project Coordination (40%), and (3) Administrative Coordination (10%). 

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Your Opinion Needed on New CERTAIN Appendicitis Research

Starting in January 2016, CERTAIN Investigators will begin work on the recently funded clinical trial “Comparison of Outcomes of Drugs and Appendectomy.” This large randomized trial compares appendectomy to antibiotics for the treatment of appendicitis. Before the first patient can enroll in the trial, the study team will complete the final research protocol. The research protocol describes in great detail the design, methods, and evaluation of study data serving as the blueprint for each site participating in the study.

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CERTAIN Projects to Drive Improvement in WWAMI Practice Transformation Network

Funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) is a national effort designed to support clinicians in achieving large-scale health care transformation. UW Medicine is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate and will receive about $30 million to develop a Practice Transformation Network (PTN) across the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) region. This WWAMI-region PTN will provide technical assistance to help equip more than 6,700 clinicians who serve 1.9 million patients with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely. To accomplish this, the PTN will:

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CERTAIN Approved for $12.9 Million Research Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The Comparative Effectiveness Research Translation Network (CERTAIN) has been approved for a $12.9 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study appendectomy versus “antibiotics-first” for the treatment of uncomplicated appendicitis. 

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New Funding: Opportunities for Improving Care


CERTAIN is comprised of a suite of programs and projects that track quality, benchmark best practices, drive improvement, and allow all healthcare stakeholders to have their input heard as to what is needed to improve the healthcare system. Funding for our work comes from a variety of organizations interested in solving the most pressing problems in healthcare, and we are grateful for their support. We are excited to begin work on three recently-funded projects:

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