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University of Washington The BOLD Data Coordination Center at the University of Washington, Seattle is a joint effort between the Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center (CECORC), Centers for Comparative and Health Systems Effectiveness (CHASE Alliance), and the Center for Biomedical Statistics. An overarching mission of CECORC is to discover the most cost-effective, evidence-based approaches to improving the health of patients and populations, and to identify ways to put these improvements into practice. This research team carries out this mission by conducting innovative research, participating in clinical, database, other comparative studies, advancing the state of scientific knowledge through publications and education initiatives, and improving methodologies for studying the costs, quality and outcomes of medical care.


Dr. Jeffrey G. Jarvik Dr. Jeffrey G. Jarvik, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Radiology and Neurological Surgery and an Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington. Dr. Jarvik is the lead investigator for the overall BOLD Project and the leader of the BOLD data coordination team at the University of Washington and Director of the Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center. Dr. Jarvik’s clinical interests include spine imaging, peripheral nerve imaging and head trauma imaging and his research interests in how radiology relates to patient outcomes. He has also worked on randomized trials of diagnostic imaging for low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and vertebroplasty. In addition, he is interested in studying the appropriate use and cost effectiveness of new technologies.


Dr. Janna L. Friedly Dr. Janna L. Friedly, MD is a physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Friedly’s research interests include health services research, improvement of health care delivery systems to persons with disability, outcomes research, and quality improvement. She specifically studies the use of epidural steroid injections and other treatments for low back pain in the Medicare population. Dr. Friedly is the lead investigator for the LESS randomized controlled trial.


The BOLD Project is supported by grant number 1R01HS019222-01 from the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)