Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., has opened the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research.

The new center will conduct research and assist Vanderbilt teams with the design, implementation and evaluation of clinical quality and safety initiatives, according to the VUMC Reporter.

"As the center gathers faculty and professional staff, teams from across the medical center will increasingly participate in the scientific study of clinical improvement projects, from inception to peer-reviewed publication," The Reporter said in a story announcing the new facility.

The core of implementation science is the study of clinical quality improvement strategies, addressing not only the content of clinical care, but also the organization and workings of the care delivery system.

The center will also sponsor an implementation science research forum open to faculty, staff, and students, and a research support core will be developed for VUMC groups that may want to engage dedicated services from the center. Experts at the center will also initiate grant-funded research projects of their own, and help interested investigators with grant proposals.

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