Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
Who We Are
We are the largest center for health services research in the Southwest.
Education and Training
Our goal is to provide training and growth opportunities for fellows and faculty focused on academic careers in health services research.
To emphasize our high impact work, we recognize and display manuscripts that are published in high impact journals or cited frequently.
Thank you for your interest in IQuESt! We are a combined Baylor College of Medicine Section in the Department of Medicine and a VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Innovation (the latter funded by a center grant from the VA). We conduct high-quality scientific research that improves the health of Veterans and patients across the nation, by helping to ensure the patient-centered delivery of scientific discoveries. We support, mentor and develop outstanding research leaders. Our research extends from patient experience, to clinical practice and outcomes of care, to the development of health care policy, and has been disseminated to key policy makers, health care administrative leaders, influential stakeholders, the mainstream media, as well as the best academic journals and professional scientific societies.
Our mission is to "Improve health and well-being through innovations in heath care delivery" to emphasize our commitment to transformative and innovative research that is aligned with VHA national clinical priorities. IQuESt's Strategic Goals include the following:
1. Develop and implement pragmatic, integrated behavioral health interventions for persons with chronic medical illnesses;
2. Develop pragmatic approaches for measurement and improvement of diagnostic safety;
3. Develop new measures and novel analytic approaches for measurement of health care quality for improvement at the individual, facility, and population health level; Emerging Research Goal: Enhance Veteran and family engagement in health care through interventions to promote patient-centered care.
I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the exciting and innovative research being conducted by our programs at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety. We are always looking to expand our exceptional investigators, fellows and staff. If you're located in the greater Houston/Galveston area, I invite you to attend our scientific and professional development seminars, which occur at noon on Mondays.
Laura A. Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.
Director, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
Chief, Section of Health Services Research at Baylor College of Medicine