The Population Sciences Shared Resource provides a variety of services. Consultations and services are provided under three broad technical areas:
- Geographic information system (GIS), spatial epidemiology or geomedicine (aka Spatial Epi/Geomedicine)
- Patient outcomes (PRO) research
- Community-engaged (CE) research
The utility of these activities by the DLDCCC members and the BCM community enhance grant applications, data analysis, exhibits/reports, and clinical and educational outreach.
Several potential applications include locating likely geographic disparities in patient access to healthcare or in incidence/prevalence of particular disease endpoints; tracking individual exposures (e.g., NOx as a surrogate for ultrafine particulate matter), behaviors (e.g., accelerometer as a measure of physical activity), and/or physiological measures (e.g., heart rate) in real-time using global positional system (GPS) time-stamped coordinates, mobile health (mhealth) technology.
Facilitate best practices for measuring outcomes derived by self-report, serve as a central resource for state-of-the-science instruments and measurement methods in clinical settings, and provide in-house support services for translation, collection and analysis of outcomes and survey data. Effort will be particularly directed toward best practices for qualitative and mixed-methods research.
Facilitate best practices for measuring outcomes derived from community or neighborhood level data, serve as a central resource for state-of-the-science instruments and measurement methods in community settings, and provide in-house support services for translation, collection, and analysis of outcomes and survey data. Through Community-Based Participatory Research, the collaboration between researchers and community members promotes the identification of local health concerns.