To conduct multidisciplinary aging-related research that is both clinically relevant and policy significant on the ways to organize and deliver accessible, high quality, efficient health services that will achieve desirable health outcomes. Our objectives are to:
  • conduct scientifically rigorous and timely research to improve our knowledge in health services for the aging population and to improve the standards of practice and inform policy initiatives.
  • develop innovative research methodologies, both theoretical and applied, that will advance the field of aging-related health services research.
  • collaborate with researchers and practitioners who have expertise in the medical, biological, and/or psychosocial sciences at academic institutions (including Northwestern University) and with community-based organizations, government agencies, and private companies.
  • disseminate research findings and educate various local, state, and national communities on health policy initiatives related to the aging population.
Research Themes
  • End-of-life and palliative care for the older population
  • Caregiving research
  • Quality of care and patient safety in health services
  • Safety in the home and the community
  • Quality and safety of medication use
  • Long-term care and residential services

Denys Lau, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director, Health Services Evaluation & Policy Research Section
Mayor Daley's Well-Being Task Force
The Well-Being Task Force, led by the Chicago Department on Aging Commissioner Joyce Gallagher, was established to provide services for and advocate on behalf of older citizens of Chicago who live alone. This is achieved by partnering with agencies and community organizations to assist in coordinating and providing services to isolated older people. Denys Lau, PhD, is a member of the task force and meets monthly with leaders and representatives from local community organizations, agencies, and the Chicago Police and Fire Departments to discuss a range of issues that affect Chicago's older citizens.
Thursday Seminar Series, 12-1pm, Baldwin Auditorium
The Center for Healthcare Studies and the Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes host a regular Thursday seminar series to facilitate interdisciplinary education and collaboration in health services research and the medical social sciences. Speakers present their work in the areas of healthcare policy, economic and organizational analysis, and clinical and outcomes effectiveness. The seminar is open to all members of the Feinberg School of Medicine community. Contact Emily Stambaugh to join the mailing list.