Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety


 Creighton University Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety (CHRP)

The Creighton University Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety (CHRP) is a hub for collaboration and discovery in applied, translational, educational, outcomes and health services research. Our interprofessional faculty collaborate on research projects to improve health care quality and patient safety across the health care spectrum.

Mission, Vision and Goals

Mission Statement

The Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety conducts health services research to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care through the discovery, translation and dissemination of new knowledge.

Vision Statement

The interdisciplinary health services research expertise of the Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety will serve community, academic and government partners by conducting research to improve health services and the care of patients.


Provide structure and leadership for the development of the Creighton University health services research community by:

  • Facilitating new innovative health services research initiatives
  • Providing advanced professional development opportunities for faculty engaged in health services research initiatives
  • Fostering interprofessional and multidisciplinary approaches to productive research
  • Providing students with structured research experiences
  • Serving community partners and professionals who serve patients by sharing new knowledge


Adopted September 2007



The Creighton Health Services Research Program (CHRP) was initiated in 2004 through the Health Future Foundation (HFF) award to promote and sustain health services research at Creighton University.

Housed in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, CHRP was launched after completion of a multi-year, federally funded grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (R18 HS11808) field research study exploring ambulatory care and patient safety. HFF funding provided substantial support for the CHRP infrastructure from start up through the third year.

Our faculty examine issues related to patient safety and quality in health care, including new and emerging technological influences on safety, the effects of health care financing, relationship or pharmaceutical costs and treatments, social and behavioral influences on care, access and disparities issues and models of care delivery.


In March, CHRP received funding of just under $500,000 from the AHRQ (P20 HS015816) for the highly competitive two-year Building Research Infrastructure Capacity (BRIC) grant. That award provided funds for the continuation and expansion of existing programs and the development of key faculty members associated with the project.

The combination of the HFF award and the AHRQ BRIC grant provided needed monies to help expand existing programs and offered future opportunities for new research initiatives through building across university, community and organizational relationships.


Health Future Foundations (HFF) bridge support was awarded to CHRP to continue the integration and development of core health sciences faculty and the respective ongoing programs. The award also strategically supported short-term sustainability of CHRP while faculty pursued external research funding and external sources to continue development of the health services research program.


On September 30, CHRP received funding of $1,500,000 from AHRQ (R24-HS18625-01) for the three-year Research Infrastructure Development Support grant. The award provided funds to continue development of faculty, expansion of CHRP to a Research Center and development of research management skills for project directors and interdisciplinary research teams.

In November, the Creighton Health Services Research Program officially became the Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety.


School of Pharmacy and Health Professions faculty are transforming health care quality and patient safety through cutting-edge research. Their research interests span all areas of occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy.

Click here to learn more about our faculty and their research interests.

Interprofessional Foundations in Patient Safety

Interprofessional Foundations in Patient Safety (IPE 410)

This course was developed by 17 faculty members from seven colleges and schools across Creighton University. The course educates health professions students about the fundamental core knowledge of patient safety. An interprofessional faculty team teaches content from a patient-centered focus within an interprofessional framework. Concepts of safe systems serve as an overarching principle to patient safety. By engaging in a series of modules complemented by case-based exercises, participants learn the scope of the problem of patient safety, and acquire the skills to foster a culture of continuous learning and incorporation of patient safety best practices and improvements in their own individual professional practices.

The course was recognized by the Institute of Medicine as the first interprofessional health care-oriented, patient safety course in the nation. CHRP faculty has continued to demonstrate the innovation and effectiveness of this course across various health professions students. View the research products.

A two-credit hour core is offered with a three-credit hour option for students who choose to complete a written in-depth evaluation of a contemporary issue in patient safety. IPE 410 is offered each spring and is open to all Creighton University students. For additional information about the course, please contact Dr. Kevin Fuji at kfuji [at] creighton [dot] edu.

Research Development Resources

Research Methods Journal Club

This monthly research methods discussion series is an opportunity for University faculty to come together to gain knowledge and discuss diverse research topics with other university faculty from across disciplines.

For additional information on the Research Methods Journal Club, please contact us directly.

Meet the Researcher Series

The Meet the Researcher series provides an opportunity to interface with distinguished and innovative scientists in leading health services research programs. This series bridges important relationships between our faculty and exposes students to active research.

For additional information on the Meet the Researcher Series, please contact us directly.

Student Research

CHRP faculty integrate student participation in all research projects. This participation takes many forms, including student researchers, employed research assistants, and independent study for academic credit.

For information about current student research opportunities within CHRP, please contact Dr. Kevin Fuji at kfuji [at] creighton [dot] edu. To learn about additional student research opportunities across the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, please visit the Office of Research Student Research Page.