Welcome to the Outcomes Research Consortium: the World’s largest Clinical Anesthesia Research Organization.
The Outcomes Research Consortium was formed in 1990 at the University of California in San Francisco. It became an institute when the consortium's administrative center moved to the University of Louisville in March of 2000, and is now a department at the Cleveland Clinic. We thus have more than two decades of experience with clinical research. The Outcomes Research Consortium is non-profit; our only goal is participation in high-quality research.
The Outcomes Research Consortium includes more than 115 university-based investigators in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The Institute is currently involved in more than 100 clinical studies, including large multi-center outcome trials. The Institute is funded by the National Institutes of Health, other peer-reviewed granting agencies, and corporate sponsors.
A recent article by Pagel and Hudetz (BMC Anesthesiology 12:5, 2012) evaluates anesthesia publication trends. Their analysis was restricted to 14 English-language journals with an impact factor >1 which are the ones most likely to influence clinical practice. In 2010, the last year they report, there were 280 clinical research articles published. Last year, the Consortium published 28 papers in the 14 journals they considered. The Outcomes Research Consortium thus published a full 10% of the clinical research in high-profile general anesthesia journals. Of note, the Consortium also published an equal number of papers in specialty journals ranging from pain to critical care to neuroscience, and in major multi-specialty journals.