The “Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science” or ACCORDS was established as a new Consortium in 2014, although it actually joined two programs that had been highly collaborative for the previous ten years, the Colorado Health Outcomes Program (COHO founded in 1998) and the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR founded in 2002). Both Programs had grown enormously in recent years as funding sources had evolved to favor health services, comparative effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes and dissemination/implementation (D/I) research, which the research focus areas of both Programs.
ACCORDS focuses on the entire life spectrum as well as on “delivery science,” encompassing comparative effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes and implementation and dissemination research. The Consortium covers an array of research areas which are fully integrated to share key administrative and research resources, thereby achieving economies of scale. Infrastructure support is provided jointly from the Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) and the Dean’s Office, SOM.
ACCORDS functions as both an actual and virtual consortium, with a group of investigators from multiple disciplines who have their primary office on-site and a much larger group affiliating with ACCORDS personnel, programs and cores while maintaining an off-site research home. Currently, 46 investigators, 25 research assistants, 12 biostatisticians/analysts and 9 administrative and information technology personnel have office space with ACCORDS. Over a hundred additional investigators interface with the program, primarily for consultation or to attend educational offerings. Collaborating investigators represent all School of Medicine departments, as well the School of Public Health, the School of Pharmacy and the Nursing School. The Consortium serves as an incubator for research ideas, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the development of focused areas of research of national prominence.
The mission of ACCORDS is to improve health, both locally and nationally, by supporting state-of-the-art outcomes and community translational research to guide clinical practice and policy.
The objectives of ACCORDS are to:
- Increase competitiveness of the CHC/SOM for funding from multiple research and education or training program sponsors, especially PCORI, AHRQ and NIH
- Strengthen affiliations with key external partners including DH, VA, KP and CDPHE to increase access to populations and collaboratorsnecessary for certain grants
- Improve faculty development for both senior and junior faculty interested in outcomes and delivery research by providing an interdisciplinary home for developing research, a mentored training ground and substantial educational activities
- Improve the ability of the CHC/SOM to recruit both senior and junior faculty interested in health outcomes, health services research, dissemination and implementation (D/I) science, comparative effectiveness and patient centered outcomes research
- Achieve greater national visibility of the CHC/SOM as leaders in the areas of outcomes, dissemination/implementation and comparative effectiveness research and training
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 Science, Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs), Biostatistics and Analysis, Shared 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.