The 2015 Summer Institute conference aims to fill the gap in conferencing programs to increase the capacity of nurse researchers to engage disparate populations into programs of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The theme for this year’s conference is “Engaging Patients and Professionals to Advance Clinical Excellence.” With many diseases disparately impacting certain minority populations, there is a need to engage these representative populations into programs of research. However, engaging minorities into research can prove to be difficult. Nursing researchers encompass a wide scope of scientific inquiry including clinical research, health systems, and outcomes-based research to help reduce healthcare disparities. However, there exists a need to boost capacity in nurse researchers to conduct PCOR. Therefore, the objective of this conference is to build capacity within nurse researchers to conduct PCOR and build capacity within disparate populations to engage in PCOR. More information is available here.
The projected output from this project is the 2015 Summer Institute aimed at capacity building for PCOR methodologies with the necessary tools to improve patient outcomes of disparate populations to reduce healthcare disparities and improve outcomes of cultural and ethnic minorities. Project collaborators include patients; community partners; and the South Central Area Health Education Center.