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Which Rates Are Right in Healthcare? EngenuitySC’s Science Café with Health Economist Dr. John Brooks, Jan. 13, 2015

Which healthcare treatments really work in the real world? On Tuesday, January 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., SmartState® Chair and USC professor Dr. John Brooks will explain real-world healthcare assessment, using comparative effectiveness research, at EngenuitySC’s Science Café, held at Speakeasy lounge in Columbia, S.C.

Dr. Brooks’ talk “Can We Figure Out ‘Which Rates are Right’ in Healthcare?” will focus on the need to assess how healthcare treatments work in real world practice, in contrast to controlled environments, and approaches to make these assessments. He will use results from a soon-to-be-published paper looking at the effectiveness of statin drugs after heart attacks as an example of this approach.

The SmartState® Endowed Chair in Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Science, Dr. Brooks’ work in comparative effectiveness research – the comparison of existing health care treatments, with the goal of choosing which treatment is best for a certain individual under specific circumstances – focuses on using practice-based treatment variation and observational healthcare databases.

Dr. Brooks currently serves as the director of the Center for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences (CRRS), a collaborative effort between the University of of South Carolina and the Upstate’s Greenville Hospital System. As the director, Dr. Brooks promotes comparative effectiveness research in orthopedic care and focuses on tackling theoretical and empirical issues surrounding the matter in several clinical areas including cardiovascular meditations, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, end-stage renal disease and acute nursing care. CRRS will meld theoretical and advanced treatment options in order to understand the factors underlying treatment choices and decisions, as well as the outcome associated with such decisions. 

Prior to his current positions at CRRS and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Brooks was a Service Fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and a professor at the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Brooks’ research has been published in Health Services Research, Inquiry, Value in Health, Medical Care, Health Economics and Clinical Therapeutics.

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