Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence Synthesis Group (HOPES)

UConn-HOPES-265x300The UConn Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence Synthesis (HOPES) Group is one of 13 Evidence-Based Practice Centers nationwide designated by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct comparative effectiveness assessments that can benefit key stakeholders in the health care system (payers, clinicians, medical and patient advocacy organizations, and patients) and help them make evidence-based decisions.

Healthcare decision makers, clinicians, and patients typically are too overwhelmed with information and ill prepared to determine which practices are truly evidence-based. The U.S. health care system often fails to translate study results into best clinical practices because its practitioners lack the resources to assess all of the available literature, reconcile conflicting study findings, judge the strength and applicability of evidence from these findings, compare which option offers greater effectiveness with fewer risks, and extrapolate the impact of clinical outcomes on cost-effectiveness or the impact of intermediate health endpoint alterations on final health outcomes.

UConn HOPES is a multidisciplinary group of faculty with wide-ranging skills, an international reputation for excellence in outcomes research, and the capacity to produce high-quality results on tight time tables.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote optimal health outcomes by helping clinicians, patients and decision makers generate, synthesize, and analyze data that supports evidence-based practice through systematic review and meta-analysis, economic modeling, clinical trials, and observational research. Our strength is clinical expertise laid over strong technical and methodological expertise. We understand the clinical dilemmas that health care providers face on a daily basis so we are able to assess and create projects that have maximal clinical impact.

We span the gap between clinical practice decision making and evidence-based decision making by providing independent, objective, transparent, clinically relevant, and comprehensive projects that can then be directly translated into practice or policy guidelines, performance measures, educational programs, coverage decisions, and reimbursement policies. We drive understanding of the strengths and limitations of methodologies used in outcomes research to promote more transparent, scientifically rigorous, and consistent methodologies. We disseminate findings through peer- reviewed publications, media relations, expert panels, and presentations at regional, national, and international meetings.