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Developing the scientific foundations required to sustain policies and support decision-making in health authorities.
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Lines of Research
Analysis of variations in the use of health services in different health areas and studies into the inadequate use of services, referrals, diagnostic tests and medication. Analysis of causes.
Evaluation of the suitability and quality of health care (clinical audit and suitability analysis). Use of instruments to identify and quantify adverse effects. Development of methods to improve patient safety.
Development of measures of quality of life and functional outcomes, with a particular focus on chronic illnesses and the implementation of measures of quality of life in health care. Evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of organized interventions, with the aim of improving effectiveness, efficiency and health care. Economic evaluation of health technologies, including pharmaceuticals, equipment and interventions, among others.
Research on the identification, evaluation and prevention of risks associated with the use of commercialised pharmaceutical treatments, using databases which facilitate the process of professionals prescribing and dispensing the most effective therapies, bases on studies carried out in the context of routine clinical use (effectiveness studies).
The study of the costs and benefits of medical treatments, aimed at facilitating their use within the field of clinical management, by means of their integration in assisted information systems.
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