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This guide is for the NU specialization in Nursing. It contains resources available in the NU Library.

What is Health Outcomes Research?

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, health outcomes research is defined as follows: "Research aimed at assessing the quality and effectiveness of health care as measured by the attainment of a specified end result or outcome. Measures include parameters such as improved health, lowered morbidity or mortality, and improvement of abnormal states (such as elevated blood pressure)." This form of research differs from clinical trials and controlled research studies as it reviews "clinical outcomes, financial impact, and a range of functional measures, including patients’ reported quality of life and satisfaction" (Ellis, 2015).


Resources on Health Outcomes Research