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Public Service

All too often as a society, we fail to translate high quality research that is rigorously developed in academic institutions into real-world practice. In the case of prescription drugs, this failure is due to a variety of factors, including the absence of sound methods of systematically disseminating best practices as well as the sea of information that providers and patients must manage regarding the safety and effectiveness of specific medicines. Unfortunately, this inability to translate research about prescription drugs into practice also reflects a “knowledge gap” that is responsible for tens of thousands of preventable hospitalizations and deaths each year.

The Center prioritizes public service highly, including the dissemination of research findings for popular audiences, the development of partnerships with consumer advocacy organizations and the pursuit of innovative methods of customizing information about medication safety and effectiveness for individual patients so as to maximize their health and welfare.

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