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Center History

CHOPR Founder and Director, Dr. Linda H. Aiken, established the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, in 1989, to explore organizational effectiveness in health care with the potential to affect patient outcomes. 

“Our policy research agenda is motivated by a commitment to improving health care outcomes by building an evidence base for health service management and providing direction for national policymakers.” Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director


Who We Are

We are leading researchers in the fields of Nursing, Sociology, Public Health, Demography, Medicine, Management, and Economics. 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.

Our Research Focus

CHOPR investigators explore the nursing workforce; nursing’s contribution to reduce racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities; policies such as scope of practice and nurse-to-patient ratios; nursing inputs such as education, skill mix, and work environment; and how these factors impact patient outcomes. 

CHOPR Yesterday

Nineteen Eighty-Eight -Two Thousand Three (1988 - 2003)

Two Thousand Four -Two Thousand Nineteen (2004-2019)