Research and Evaluation
“Research seeks to prove, Evaluation seeks to improve.” M. Q. Patton
University Health Center staff members conduct research and evaluation to improve the quality of care, target health education programs and benchmark with other like organizations. All research performed that meets the FSU Institutional Review Board (IRB), also known as the Human Subjects Committee (HSC) guidelines (http://www.research.fsu.edu/humansubjects/). Any research to be published outside of TSHC must receive approval from the IRB prior to conducting the research.
Quality Improvement (QI) – QI projects are continuously performed to ensure the student community of FSU receives high quality health care and to identify areas of needed improvement.
The TSHC Quality Improvement Committee
uses the model above to conduct all projects.
Sample Topics of the QI projects that have been performed at TSHC include:
Accreditation – TSHC has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 2002 (www.aaahc.org). This is a voluntary process and TSHC participates to ensure high quality health care standards. Surveyors from the AAAHC visit TSHC at a minimum of every three years to ensure TSHC meets nationally recognized standards.
Research – TSHC provides research when requested and approved by the TSHC Director, Medical Director or VP of the Division of Student Affairs. Examples of research provided:
Surveys – TSHC participates in a number of surveys regionally and nationally. Annual surveys that TSHC participates in are:
Note: All patient identifiers are removed from data prior to reporting.