Healthcare Research Institute

Hospital for Special Surgery develops a research strategy to ensure continual improvement in patient care and outcomes.

The mission of the Hospital’s new Healthcare Research Institute is to rigorously investigate the delivery of care to patients with orthopedic and rheumatologic conditions, with the goal of continually improving their outcomes. The Institute’s researchers will use a variety of techniques, including comparative effectiveness analysis, clinical trials, epidemiology, and translational research, to answer research questions that arise from within HSS as well as from independent clinical decision makers, health care providers, health care insurers, and health systems.

The research performed in the Institute will result in information that will::

  • Enable patients and physicians to make informed decisions based on clinical and functional outcomes, patient-reported quality of life, and cost
  • Improve patient safety, satisfaction, and quality of care
  • Evaluate reimbursement policies for providers
  • Compare medical interventions, including drugs, devices, biologics, and combination products, based on their effectiveness
  • Explore the use of regional “centers of excellence” to improve patient outcomes and address disparities in health care access

Though the primary focus of the Institute will be on academic research, the Institute’s staff will also work with the Hospital’s Quality Research Center to document the excellent musculoskeletal results that have long been the hallmark of HSS. These findings will be used to continually improve patient care and safety.

Through the efforts of the Institute, HSS will be positioned to help transform the nation’s health care delivery systems and prevention strategies, particularly involving musculoskeletal conditions.