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ACCORDS - Adult Program

The Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science


The “Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science” or ACCORDS brings together what was the School of Medicine’s Colorado Health Outcomes program (COHO) and the Children’s Outcomes Research program (COR) originally based in The Children’s Hospital Research Institute, with the Adult Program built from the COHO legacy. The new name highlights the focus on the entire life spectrum as well as on “delivery science” encompassing comparative effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes and implementation and dissemination research. The ACCORDS Adult Program and the ACCORDS Child Program share administrative and research resources, thereby achieving economies of scale.  Infrastructure support is provided jointly from the Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) and from the School of Medicine’s Office of the Dean.


So little of what is discovered through basic medical research is ever effectively translated into practice. The Adult program's work is focused on this translational phase of science; we find out what actually happens when a treatment or health care program is implemented. Researchers at the ACCORDS Adult Program work in the areas of health services, comparative effectiveness, and implementation research. Such research is critical to guiding future health care practice and policy.  



ACCORDS is organized into five programmatic areas: (1) Research; (2) Implementation and Dissemination Science; (3) Education; (4) Research Training; (5) Practice Transformation and (6) Community Engagement and Outreach. ACCORDS also has methodologic cores in Qualitative SciencePractice-based Research Networks (PBRNs)Biostatistics and AnalysisShared Decision-making and Health Informatics/Mobile Health. These cores provide support to the programmatic areas, as well as consultative support to investigators.  A major focus of the methodological cores is to provide support for the development of new projects and grant proposals. The Adult Program draws from all programmatic areas and methodologic cores. Collaborating investigators represent all School of Medicine departments, as well the School of Public Health, the School of Pharmacy and the Nursing School.

Other affiliations include the  the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), and The Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP)