Weiland lecture| Volume 35, ISSUE 1, P109-120, January 2010

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Clinical Research in Hand Surgery

  • Kevin C. Chung
    Corresponding author: Kevin C. Chung, MD, Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan Health System, 2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-5340
    Section of Plastic Surgery, The University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
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      Clinical research designed to enhance the quality of health care has always received a great deal of national attention. Outcomes studies, clinical trials, and evidence-based research are key components of clinical research that have advanced the field of hand surgery. The purpose of the Weiland Award is to encourage innovations and progress in clinical research in hand surgery for the betterment of patients and to promote hand surgery's visibility in American medicine. This article will highlight my efforts in clinical research through 3 specific research themes: (1) outcomes research, (2) economic analysis, and (3) evidence-based research and quality assessment in health care.

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