MU receives $4.5M research grant

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri-Columbia is using a $4.5 million federal grant to conduct research aimed helping patients and doctors make better health care decisions.

KMIZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1knad3G ) reports that that money will help create the MU Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.

University of Missouri interim chancellor Steve Owens says the grant will "expand the capacity of the university to focus on improving outcomes for patients everywhere."

Researchers will be able to compare whether open surgery or less invasive procedures through arteries are more effective at saving limbs and avoiding repeat hospitalizations. Other research topics include making better decisions about prescribing narcotics for chronic pain and improving the discharge process for patients returning home from skilled nursing facilities.

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Information from: KMIZ-TV, http://www.kmiz.com

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