COERE - Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education

Mission Statement
The mission of the UAB COERE is to build and maintain a successful program of research targeted at improving the quality and outcomes of health care. This is accomplished by:

  • using interdisciplinary teams to test innovations that promote evidence-based practice, reduce inequities in care for under-served and minority populations, and improve quality of life and functional outcomes for patients;
  • developing and testing innovative methods with application to important questions in the delivery of health care;
  • training and mentoring students, fellows and faculty in these methods;
  • and serving as a resource to UAB faculty, health care systems, related organizations, government, and philanthropy to further disseminate outcomes research knowledge and expertise.




COERE is directed by Kenneth Saag, M.D., M.Sc., Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology, at the UAB School of Public Health. In addition to serving as Director of the COERE, he is the founding Director of the Deep South Musculoskeletal (DSM) CERTs (inception in 2000) and Associate Director of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (NIAMS P60). Dr. Saag is a rheumatologist and outcomes researcher with expertise in MSD pharmacoepidemiology and clinical focus in bone health. He is experienced in population-based investigations, working with large databases, and quality indicator development. Dr. Saag is on the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee and recently co-chaired the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement on Osteoporosis. He is on the editorial board of Archives of Internal Medicine, Arthritis Care and Research, and Arthritis Research and Therapy. Dr. Saag has previously chaired the Arthritis Foundation Clinical, Therapeutics and Outcomes Study Section, has served on several NIH study sections, IOM Committees, National Committees to develop both arthritis and osteoporosis guidelines, the Musculoskeletal Workgroup of the Cochrane Collaboration, and the NCQA workgroup on Arthritis Quality Indicators.

Additional leadership is provided by Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH (Professor & Vice Chair of Outcomes for Pediatrics, Director of the School of Medicine Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship, Associate Director for Outcomes Research of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Associate Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education) and Meredith Kilgore, PhD, RN, MSPH (Professor and Chair, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy).

Multidisciplinary Membership
COERE is a University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center sponsored by the Schools of Business, Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Center has a large and multidisciplinary membership of faculty representing approximately 30 departments and all the graduate schools across the UAB campus.

The scope of outcomes research is broad, requiring a multidisciplinary approach. The COERE brings together the clinical, biomedical, quantitative, behavioral, and social sciences researchers, offering a range of expertise.

Center Research
The COERE offers integrated scientific expertise and experience in all areas of outcomes and effectiveness research, including: quantitative methods in health services research; quality measurement and improvement; patient-based outcomes measurement; epidemiologic and population-based research; comparative effectiveness research; pharmaco-epidemiology; economic and decision analytic modeling; clinical data analysis and analysis of large administrative datasets; and health informatics. Center leadership applies this expertise to outcomes and health services research through an active program of collaborative, investigator-initiated research and cooperative agreements.

Support for UAB's Research Infrastructure
The COERE provides access to important research methods support, data analysis, and management infrastructure through its synergistic relationship with the UAB Divisions of Preventive Medicine and Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, the Departments of Epidemiology and Healthcare Organization and Policy, the UAB Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) for Musculoskeletal Disorders, the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, and the VA Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP).

Since inception as a University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Center, COERE leadership has facilitated more than $283 million in extramural interdisciplinary research support to UAB. Through its work in quality measurement and improvement, COERE has become a resource to the health care industry around the state and nationally. Examples of how the COERE’s research expertise has made it a national resource include the contribution to quality improvement of the Achievable Benchmarks of Care (ABC™) and to the field of effectiveness research and patient safety of the UAB Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) of Musculoskeletal Disorders.

In the area of training, COERE has an excellent track record in mentoring junior faculty to facilitate their training in clinical health services and outcomes research, and, as of July 1, 2003, the COERE was awarded a 5-Year National Research Services Award Institutional Training Grant (T32) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which was recently competitively renewed through 2013.