, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 446-458
Date: 09 Oct 2012

NUTORC—a transdisciplinary health services and outcomes research team in transplantation

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ABSTRACT

The field of solid organ transplantation has historically concentrated research efforts on basic science and translational studies. However, there has been increasing interest in health services and outcomes research. The aim was to build an effective and sustainable, inter- and transdisciplinary health services and outcomes research team (NUTORC), that leveraged institutional strengths in social science, engineering, and management disciplines, coupled with an international recognized transplant program. In 2008, leading methodological experts across the university were identified and intramural funding was obtained for the NUTORC initiative. Inter- and transdisciplinary collaborative teams were created across departments and schools within the university. Within 3 years, NUTORC became fiscally sustainable, yielding more than tenfold return of the initial investment. Academic productivity included funding for 39 grants, publication of 60 manuscripts, and 166 national presentations. Sustainable educational opportunities for students were created. Inter- and transdisciplinary health services and outcomes research in transplant can be innovative and sustainable.

Implications

Practice: To build a robust, effective and sustainable institutional, inter- and transdisciplinary health services and outcomes research team in transplantation, strengths in various disciplines should be leveraged with the clinical strength of the multi-organ transplant program.
Policy: To build productive and sustainable transdisciplinary research collaborations in health services and outcomes research in transplantation, resources should be aimed toward investigators that bridge expertise from different departments and schools.
Research: At the intersection of seemingly disparate disciplines, strong and innovative outcomes and health services research can be achieved in organ transplantation