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For Immediate Release:
August 15, 2013

Contact: Kevin Nash

Newhouse Appointed Chair of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's Methodology Committee

Dr. Robin NewhouseBaltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is pleased to announce that Robin P. Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, has been appointed chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Methodology Committee.

Having served as vice chair of the Committee since December 2012, Newhouse takes over the reins from Sherine Gabriel, MD, MSc, dean, Mayo Medical School, who will remain a committee member.  Newhouse has been a member of the PCORI since appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office in January 2011.

“It is an honor to chair the Methodology Committee of PCORI. I’m looking forward to working with my committee colleagues to advance standards for patient-centered outcomes research,” Newhouse said.

Newhouse’s research ranges from cluster randomized trials to systematic reviews focusing on quality of care, implementation of evidence-based processes among clinicians, and outcomes research in health care delivery systems. She is the only nurse on the committee.

“I am confident that the committee is in good hands with Dr. Newhouse at the helm as she shepherds the team toward the goal of establishing the highest standards for patient-centered outcomes research,” said UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Dr. Newhouse is a diligent, invaluable member of our faculty and I have no doubt that she will bring the same commitment, passion, and energy in leading this committee.”

The PCORI, a non-profit corporation authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, assists patients, clinicians, purchasers, and policymakers in making informed health decisions. PCORI helps influence these decisions by providing quality, relevant evidence on how to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor diseases and other health conditions.

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