January 9, 2015

For the past 100 years appendectomy, or surgical removal of one’s appendix, has been the primary treatment for appendicitis—in fact, two high-profile celebrities, Rafael Nadal and Anderson Cooper, recently underwent surgeries for appendicitis. But new scientific evidence from Europe is challenging the notion that surgery is the best course of treatment for the disease. Five randomized trials involving over 1000 patients have shown favorable results for using antibiotics to treat appendicitis.

January 6, 2015

The surgical population is aging, and an increasing number of surgical patients are being discharged from the hospital into skilled nursing facilities for rehabilitation and recovery. This post-surgical period of care is a very important but poorly-understood part of our healthcare system.

September 16, 2014

Did you know September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month? PAD is a disease that affects 7.3 million Americans. PAD most often occurs in the legs and causes plaque to build up in arteries. Over time, plaque can harden and narrow the arteries, limiting the flow of oxygen.

August 1, 2014

CERTAIN has been approved for a $944,999 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study patient engagement in research prioritization activities. The study is one of 33 proposals PCORI approved for funding on July 29 to advance the field of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and provide patients, healthcare providers, and other clinical decision makers with information that will help them make better-informed choices.

May 22, 2014

Sarah Han is a CERTAIN Patient Advisor currently working on the Mobile Post-operative Wound Evaluator (mPOWEr) project. mPOWEr is a post-discharge wound surveillance mobile health (mHealth) app that  encourages patients to engage in their wound management, allows surgical providers to monitor their patients post-discharge, and provides a reliable method of patient-provider communication. Sarah met mPOWEr Principal Investigator Dr. Heather Evans when she was volunteering in the Emergency Room at Harborview Medical Center.

January 16, 2014

The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network is critical to the CERTAIN mission of ensuring that research aligns with issues important to patients and their caregivers. The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network seeks to support meaningful collaboration between patient and research communities. In particular, Patient Advisors help guide research teams to focus on the questions important to patients about their health, the important outcomes considered when making decisions, and how health and medical information is accessed and used.

May 7, 2013

CERTAIN projects and programs depend on the input of stakeholders who will use evidence and results generated by CERTAIN to inform healthcare decisions. CERTAIN partners with a variety of different stakeholders, including patients, physicians, payers, and policymakers. The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network involves patients, caregivers, and family members who are interested in being part of helping doctors and scientists make research better and more useful to patients. 

April 26, 2013

The increasing integration of delivery systems provides an opportunity to manage the entire patient-focused episode of care and to assess the impact of care on patient outcomes, including patient-reported outcomes (PROs).(1) PROs are any report coming directly from the patient, without interpretation or influence by a clinician or caregiver, about how they function or feel in relation to their health, a specific condition or disease, or treatment.(2) Pat

October 1, 2012

A new article from the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program is out this month in the Annals of Surgery evaluating the association between imaging and negative appendectomy. Full citation and abstract below. If interested in reading the full text of this article, please contact us, and we would be happy to forward a copy to you.

The SCOAP Collaborative. Progress in the Diagnosis of Appendicitis: A Report From Washington State's Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program. Annals of Surgery. 256(4):586-594, October 2012.