Our Mission

We are a multi-center collaboration of investigators (COPD Outcomes-based Network for Clinical Effectiveness & Research Translation (CONCERT) Investigators) with expertise in epidemiology, statistics, health services research, cost-effectiveness analysis, clinical trials, performance measurement, quality improvement, implementation research, and multi-center data coordination.  Our goal is to employ effectiveness and translational research methodologies to improve the care and outcomes of patients with COPD.   We will utilize translational science, clinical evaluation, quality measurement, and implementation methodologies to improve the science of effectiveness research and develop innovative strategies to optimize, implement, and monitor the effectiveness of care in COPD.

Our research interests

CONCERT Investigators have a broad-based interest in the following research areas in COPD:

  1. Improving health outcomes
  2. Developing quality measurement and improvement methods
  3. Identifying effective strategies to improve care
  4. Reducing unnecessary expenditure and inappropriate utilization
  5. Translating effective therapies across care delivery settings
  6. Developing innovative care models for hospitalized patients, including transitions of care
  7. Optimizing palliative care concurrent with best standards for interventional care
  8. Implementing strategies for rapid adoption of novel therapies and interventions
  9. Demonstrating linkages between performance measurement and outcomes

We are funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ; R13 HS017894) to set national priorities for effectiveness and implementation research in COPD and by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI RC2 HL101618) to develop a research infrastructure for studies that address this research agenda.

To learn more about CONCERT and opportunities for collaborative studies with our group, please contact Jerry A. Krishnan, MD, PhD, at jakris@uic.edu.