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Established at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, also known as CHOPR, operates as a unique community within the School of Nursing.

CHOPR is a research and research-training enterprise focusing on the outcomes of health care and health workforce policy.

We are leading researchers in the fields of Nursing, Sociology, Demography, Medicine, Management, and Economics. Investigators explore nursing workforce issues, the supply of nurses, the value of nurse education, and scope of practice and how it impacts patient outcomes.

We study health system reorganization and policy changes and aim to produce research evidence to improve the quality of health care, the power of policy on hospital organizational traits and context on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care outcomes.

Research, writing, thinking, and conversation at the Center has had a remarkable impact on health care, economics, social science and society.


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MASSACHUSETTS REJECTED MANDATORY PATIENT-TO-STAFF RATIOS THAT ADVOCATES SAY COULD SAVE LIVES. 
Patient Safety in Hospitals Still a Concern
CHOPR Director, Dr. Linda H. Aiken, discusses the failed Massachusetts measure that would have im...CHOPR Director, Dr. Linda H. Aiken, discusses the failed Massachusetts measure that would have implemented mandatory patient-to-nurse ratios in The Nation. “Better-staffed hospitals with good work environments actually returned lower mortality for the same or lower cost,” said Aiken. A new CHOPR study, in the November issue of Health Affairs, sheds light on what more can be done....A new CHOPR study, in the November issue of Health Affairs, sheds light on what more can be done. Authors found that in hospitals with improved clinical environments, patients' ratings of those hospitals improved by 11 percent, and 15 percent more nurses rated the quality of care as excellent. More
End of Life Care Quality Remains a Problem – Nurses May be a Solution

A new study from CHOPR describes the quality of end of life care in nearly 500 U.S. hospitals, utilizing nearly 13,000 bedside nurses as informants of quality.

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Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
Andrea Barol, Research Center Coordinator
ajb@nursing.upenn.edu
Phone: 215-898-5673