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Current Research

KU School of Nursing research emphasizes Determinants of Health, Symptom Science, Data Science, Quality and Safety and Health Outcomes.

Research in the School of Nursing focuses on the below five emphasis areas. These areas impact precision health, an innovative approach to health promotion, prevention and treatment that factors in individual differences in people's genes, environments and lifestyles.


  • Determinants of Health are genetic, behavioral, social and ecological factors that influence health indicators and health outcomes. These factors include people’s individual characteristics, behaviors, family, community and social structures and the environments in which people live, learn, work, play, worship and age.
  • Symptom Science focuses on understanding the biological and behavioral aspects of symptoms with the goal of developing and testing new interventions to reduce the disabling effects of symptoms and improving patient health and quality of life.
  • Data Science is an interdisciplinary approach to extract information from structured or unstructured data to gain knowledge and insights for improved care.
  • Quality and Safety are comprised of six dimensions of quality in health care: safety, effectiveness, patient/family centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and equity.
  • Health Outcomes are changes in individual, group or population health status that may be due to an intervention.
KU School of Nursing

KU School of Nursing
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Kansas City, KS 66160
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