Using a collaborative approach within the Translational Research division of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) at the University of Louisville, the Biostatistics and Outcomes Core conducts research and support activities regarding the individual and collective outcomes related to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) across the continuum of care and across the lifespan. The Biostatistics and Outcomes core analyzes how the health of individuals with SCI is affected in the real world based on their own reported experiences and detailed analyses of data coming from the KSCIRC Scientific Cores as well as all relevant external data.
We start with KSCIRC-collected data and then supplement with as much other healthcare data as is available and/or relevant to evaluate short- and long-term outcomes of patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Such other data may include the scientific literature, healthcare insurance claims and cost data, (electronic) medical or health records (EM/HR), Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) and Quality of Life (QoL) assessments. We then perform evidence syntheses. This means that we develop or apply existing methods of analysis, systematically interpret the analyses and inform clinical practice or help design the next round of clinical investigation. A valuable benefit of this effort is that we gain an understanding of the impact of the clinical care received by each individual with SCI from different stakeholders’ perspectives (e.g., the patient and their loved ones, caregivers and other healthcare professionals). The desired result is strong, objective evidence that improves both the speed of innovation and the quality of care delivered.
The Biostatistics and Outcomes Core has three main objectives:
This Core is dynamically intertwined with the scientific research at KSCIRC. To this end, we use data science methodologies to analyze data collected both within KSCIRC and from external databases (claims data, medical records, registries…). Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
Our core uses the latest analytical tools and methodologies to evaluate the health outcomes, health services research and health economics associated with spinal cord injury. We focus on clinical outcomes, quality of life and patient reported outcomes and, in some cases, devise novel analytical algorithms that provide new insight and enhance the effectiveness of new rounds of research.
We maintain expertise in various quantitative methodologies including biostatistics, epidemiology, econometrics, data science and analytics. The core fosters multi-disciplinary collaboration across many disciplines including Public Health, Engineering, Business, Mathematics, Psychometrics, Rehabilitation Sciences, Clinical Analytics and Outcomes Research. The core operates within KSCIRC, across the University of Louisville and with colleagues in the global network of institutions and organizations dedicated to the recovery of function of individuals with spinal cord injuries.