A PART OF OFFICE OF RESEARCH PATIENT CARE SERVICES
Nursing & PCS Research
The Office of Research are a team comprised of research scientists, nurse scientists, business, project and administrative specialists, and an executive leader that support nursing and patient care research at Stanford Health Care, including advancement of research and dissemination, promoting the development and translation of evidence-based practice, and fostering innovation to promote improvements in care delivery. The core areas of focus in research include:
- Discovery Research
- Clinical Trials
- Innovation Research Science
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Clinical & Human Subject Research
The Office of Research oversees a number of human subject research studies administered at Stanford Health Care. These projects often involve interprofessional collaborations, which include nurses, physical therapists, and physicians from the care team. ORPCS is currently enrolling subjects in a range of studies and continue to work with clinicians to explore options for future research.
Research & Innovation Council (RIC)
At Stanford Health Care, Shared Leaderships' Research & Innovation Council offers house-wide guidance on research-related activities and opportunities. The council’s vision is to be the nexus for clinical research and clinical inquiry, leading Stanford Health Care in healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. Council goals are: 1) Define the role of a Clinical Scientist; 2) Build and promote clinical inquiry; 3) Advance clinical care; and 4) Conduct and translate cutting-edge research.
At the core of Stanford School of Medicine (SOM) is the drive to improve human health through Discovery and Care, to provide precision health that can predict, prevent, and cure precisely while maintaining our world class excellence and service. Similarly, the core of Stanford Health Care (SHC) is to heal humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. SHC strive to care, to educate, and to be a leader in discovery. To succeed in these goals, the Academic Medical Center i.e. SHC supports the robust generation of new knowledge and clinical evidence, as well as comprehensive systems to integrate this evidence into clinical care and improve health outcomes across the spectrum of health. These are the activities of clinical research and quality improvement that we will focus on within this guide.
Academic Medical Centers are complex organizations with a multitude of stakeholders who are important for the safe and effective conduct of clinical research and implementation of quality improvement projects. All projects must undergo a period of scientific or clinical review, be assessed by the organization for feasibility, safety, and have assurances that a robust and independent process for oversight exists.
To better support health care providers undertaking these critical functions and improve care, the Office of Research, Patient Care Services (ORPCS) has developed this general guide as a quick-reference to provide a basic understanding of the different elements of clinical research and quality improvement projects. When necessary we have also tried to identify the stakeholders that are necessary to engage in this process. If after reading you’d like further assistance, please submit a consultation request to The Office of Research, PCS.