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Clinical Learning, Effectiveness And Research (CLEAR) Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders



The UW CLEAR Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders was initially funded in 2017 by a P30 grant from the National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The overall goal of the UW CLEAR Center is to help transition healthcare delivery organizations into learning healthcare systems by developing scientifically rigorous, state-of-the-art methods and resources for translating clinical data into research-ready data for musculoskeletal conditions.

Core Services Offered

  • The Overall Center provides these services:
    • Methods for clinical musculoskeletal studies using novel study designs, including pragmatic/effectiveness clinical trials
    • Fostering communication and outreach to the musculoskeletal research community, expanding the community of investigators performing high-quality musculoskeletal clinical research
  • The Methodology Core provides services such as:
    • Refining research protocols and making necessary adjustments
    • Designing forms for easy data entry
    • Supervising creation of project databases
    • Ongoing monitoring of the accumulating data from all component projects for data quality
    • Assisting with analytic plans and statistical analyses of results from each component
  • The Resource Core provides access to data needed for musculoskeletal research, as well as the methodologic expertise and tools to address research questions, and it ensures that the data, services, and research products maintained by the Resource Core are used by a broad range of investigators and the NIAMS research community.

Funding Information

CLEAR Center is funded by an initial $3.75 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) from 2017-2021

Reporting Structure

Dushyant Sahani, MD

Related UW Entities

School of Medicine (Departments of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine,  Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, Neurological Surgery, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Radiology, Gerontology and Divisions of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, and  Rheumatology)
School of Pharmacy (Department of Pharmacy)
School of Public Health (Departments of Biostatistics and Health Systems  and Population Health)
College of Arts & Sciences (Department of Biology)

External Partners

Timothy Amrhein, MD, Duke University Medical Center
David Benkeser, PhD, MPH, Emory University
Rachelle Buchbinder, MBBS, PhD, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
Daniel Cher, MD, SI Bone, Inc
Caitlin Farmer, PhD, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
Manuela Ferreira, PhD, University of Sydney
Julie Fritz, PhD, PT, ATC, University of Utah
Steven George, PT, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine
Adam Goode, PT, DPT, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine
Brent Griffith, MD, Henry Ford Health System
Mark Hancock, PhD, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
Maggie Horn, DPT, MPH, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine
David Kallmes, MD, Mayo Clinic
Curtis Langlotz, MD, PhD, Stanford University
Danielle Lavallee, Pharm D, PhD, British Columbia Academic Health Science Network
Brook Martin, PhD, MPH, University of Utah
Katherine Tan, PhD, Flatiron Health
Adrian Traeger, PhD, University of Sydney