Letter from Our Director

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS

  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Associate Dean for Research Mentoring
  • Vice Chair for Health Policy and Outcomes Research
  • Director, Section of Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research

Dear Colleagues:

The Indiana University School of Medicine has a long and successful history of conducting cutting edge health services research. However, that work has tended to focus on the more traditional measures used to evaluate treatments such as presence or absence of a particular clinical event, physiological measures, and test results. The Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research (PACER) was created to augment our research efforts to use new methods in new areas that matter most to our patients.

Funded by a $5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, PACER is the premier pediatric center for comparative effectiveness research focusing on pediatric subspecialty care. It has four main cores that contribute towards its mission. The faculty mentorship and development core seeks to foster the skills of emerging investigators in the conduct of comparative effectiveness research and patient centered outcomes research through a systematic and comprehensive program of formalized education, training and mentorship. The patient engagement core ensures that our work is informed by patient characteristics and preferences and includes outcomes of interest to patients. The informatics core builds on already existing programmatic group to offer resources for building databases, collecting data, and developing health information technology interventions for future studies. Finally, the implementation sciences core works to make sure that the findings of the work conducted within PACER become integrated into healthcare policy and practice.

Our goal is to see comparative effectiveness research and patient centered outcomes research conducted across all pediatric subspecialty disciplines at Indiana University Health. PACER is a one-of-a-kind center that has the potential to learn what matters most to children and parents with respect to health, and to discover which treatments and therapies work best to deliver those outcomes.

Thank you for visiting our website.

Sincerely,
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS
Director, Section of Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research