Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety

The Creighton University Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety (CHRP) is a team of interdisciplinary faculty that have come together to develop and implement a viable and sustainable health services research program.  CHRP’s primary purposes are to advance the work of active researchers in health services and develop researchers to achieve independent scholarship in research.  CHRP facilitates researchers to come together for interprofessional collaboration and faculty research development.  This group conducts applied, translational, educational and outcomes based research.
CHRP works within a framework of Research, Translation, Practice – meaning an integrated approach to conducting research.  Research reveals new ways to use our knowledge, making it socially responsive and valuable; addressing gaps in our knowledge that if answered will be used to improve health care.

Health services research involves the discovery of knowledge regarding the organization, financing and delivery of high quality health care that reduces avoidable harm and injury and improves quality.

Translating is the process of making the research "count." Discovering the best way of translating research into practice is its own source of research.  When CHRP conducts research, we value the "translation" of our findings into useful forms of knowledge - this includes potential impact on health policy (e.g. CHRP technical reports have been used by state government in policy-making decisions), practice, and the advancements of science (e.g. use of mixed methods research to improve our ability to answer research questions).

Practice is the application of knowledge into everyday use to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes. This includes improving the safety, efficiency, effectiveness and quality of health care services.  Our faculty is diverse in background while working as an integrated research team in most work. We conduct much of our research out in the field in natural practice settings. This provides an enhanced ability to appreciate and define the problems that need to be addressed and translate our findings into knowledge that can be used to improve both policy and practice.