HOPES: Introduction/Mission

Healthcare decision makers, clinicians, and patients are overwhelmed with information and ill-prepared to determine which practices are truly evidence based. The United States healthcare system fails to optimally translate study results into clinical practice because its practitioners cannot assess the totality of the literature, reconcile discordant findings between studies, judge the strength and applicability of evidence from these findings, determine comparative effectiveness when one option has greater efficacy and fewer harms than another, and extrapolate the impact of clinical outcomes on cost-effectiveness or the impact of intermediate health endpoint alterations on final health outcomes.

Our mission is to promote optimal health outcomes by helping clinicians, patients and decision makers generate, synthesize, and analyze data that supports evidence-based practice.

We help remedy the chasm between clinical practice/healthcare decision making and evidence-based decision-making by providing independent, objective, transparent, clinically relevant, and comprehensive projects that can then be directly translated into practice or policy guidelines, performance measures, educational programs, coverage decisions, and reimbursement policies. We drive understanding of the strengths and limitations of methodologies used in outcomes research to promote more transparent, scientifically rigorous, and consistent methodologies.  We disseminate findings through peer reviewed publication, media relations, expert panels, and presentations at regional and (inter)national meetings. 

A signature program within HOPES is the University of Connecticut Evidence-based Practice Center which is one of a few centers designated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in North America to conduct comparative effectiveness assessments that can benefit key stakeholders in the healthcare system (payors, clinicians, medical and patient advocacy organizations, and patients) make evidence-based decisions.

Hernandez Sobieraj
WBaker Teaching