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Dr. John Brooks

Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics (CERortho)

CENTER OF ECONOMIC EXCELLENCE

  • The mission of CERortho is to pioneer innovative comparative effectiveness research in orthopaedics to assess whether the treatment mix across patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions can be changed to improve outcomes or lower costs.
  • The CERortho approach is distinct from traditional healthcare methods in that we use variation in real-world orthopaedic treatment choices to develop the evidence.
  • CERortho’s strategy is to build prospective databases for effectiveness research in orthopaedics; apply innovative methods and applications to these data; and develop an academic core in treatment effectiveness research that supports further inquiry.
  • Worked with Prisma Health to develop the national Orthopaedic Patient Data Repository (OPDR). Repository follows patients with new orthopaedic conditions through their entire episodes of care collecting information on patient preferences and beliefs, diagnostic information relevant to both treatment choice and outcomes, treatments, and patient-centered outcomes.
  • Developed the Secondary School Athlete Repository (SSAR) to prevent and reduce injuries, improve injury treatment, and reduce related costs to school districts: Database chronicles athletic exposures, medical histories, injuries, treatments, and outcomes, all middle and high school athletes in Greenville County, South Carolina. The database follows individual athletes in the population from 7th through the 12th grade. The SSAR is unparalleled in the country as the only database on middle and high school athletes encompassing a consistent geographic-based population with the ability to follow athletes over time.
  • CERortho is a leader in the measurement of provider performance in Sports Medicine and physical therapy. CERortho became the first Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to evaluate sports medicine surgeons and collaborated with leading physical therapy scientist in creating new evaluations for their providers.  In addition, CERortho received funding from the leading physical therapy organizations in the country to develop new performance measures for physical therapists and clinics.

Dr. Brooks a health economist with a focus on estimating treatment effectiveness using observational healthcare databases. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to 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 Colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health. At the University of Iowa Dr. Brooks co-founded the Healthcare Effectiveness Research Center (HERCe) where he addressed the theoretical and empirical issues surrounding comparative effectiveness research. He is presently the Director of Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics (CERortho) which is a collaborative effort between the University of South Carolina and Prisma Health. CERortho is enabling methodologists and clinicians to develop innovative methods to address treatment effectiveness questions in orthopaedics. CERortho is developing repositories containing patients with orthopaedic conditions and measuring information from throughout their episodes of care to assess treatment effectiveness. The Orthopaedic Patient Data Repository follows populations of patients from Prisma Health with new orthopaedic conditions through their entire episodes of care. The Secondary School Athlete Repository chronicles athletic exposures, medical histories, injuries, treatments, and outcomes for all middle and high school athletes in Greenville County, South Carolina.

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