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Healthcare Delivery and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Patient-centered outcomes rely on treatment plans where the physician and the patient work together to evaluate the evidence and the projected outcome.

Doctors speaking with a patient

Leveraging local data captured through routine patient care coupled with patient-reported outcomes (PRO) allows us to analyze patterns and results that include a focus on the importance of quality of life to drive evidence based decision-making.

Current or Recently Completed Research Projects:

  • Evaluating Patient Education Materials for Free-Flap Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
  • Evaluating Patient Education Materials for Complex Facial Reconstruction
  • Improving the Informed Consent Process for Operative Procedures

The best treatment plan, even when supported by the highest level of evidence, can fail to provide patients with ideal outcomes if access, quality or cost prevent it from being implemented in an ideal model.

We use large national datasets to examine research questions such as geographic variability or health disparities on a national scale, looking for trends and opportunities for improvements in care related to otolaryngology as it is performed in the United States.

  • Improving the Coordination of Cancer Care from Surgery to Surveillance
  • Electronic Medical Record Documentation and Provider Satisfaction
  • Multiple projects utilizing the following databases: SEER, NIS HCUP, NCDB, and NSQIP

Machine Learning Recommendations for Head and Neck Melanoma Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

(Link to the app created by the research team at KU Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery)

Melanoma SLNB App

Patient-Reported Outcomes Video:

Video of Patient Reported Outcomes

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology–
Head & Neck Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 3010
Kansas City, KS 66160