Mission, Goals, and Philosophy

The mission, goals and philosophy of the SRC are reflected in its core members.  The Center is faculty-based, multidisciplinary and collaborative.  SRC faculty have wide-ranging areas of expertise but share the overall goal of SRC to study the organization, delivery, financing, quality and outcomes of pharmacy within the broader health care system.

The SRC’s core interdisciplinary faculty facilitates pharmacy practice enhancement and research through developing and collaborating with pharmacy partnerships.  The SRC brings resources to help pharmacies achieve their agenda of serving the people of Wisconsin to their full capacity.  The Wisconsin Idea is embodied in these and other SRC activities.

SRC serves as a research resource for the UW Institute for Clinical Translational Research-Community Academic Partnerships (ICTR-CAP), funded from a 2007 NCRR/NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award.  SRC joins ICTR in its goal to transform research into a continuum translating findings into practice in order to improve health.

The Sonderegger Research Center values an interdisciplinary approach and collaboration in its health services research with colleagues in other UW departments as well as other universities, including the UW Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis, UW School of Medicine and Public Health (including Depts. of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, and Surgery); UW departments of Engineering, Human Ecology, Library Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Counseling Psychology; UW School of Business; VA Medical Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of North Carolina, University of Alabama, University of Illinois, University of Washington, University of Kansas, Research Triangle Institute, University of California Los Angeles, University of Exeter, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.

In 2007, the NIH National Center for Research Resources granted UW-Madison a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) to develop infrastructure to support interdisciplinary research among investigators and scholars/trainees at UW and Marshfield Clinic and to create an environment that transforms research into a continuum from investigation through discovery and to translation into real-life community practice.  The SRC is a core research resource within the Community Academic Partnership (CAP) component of ICTR.

As a core resource, SRC seeks to encourage and evaluate research designed to describe and increase patient-centered care in a variety of health systems.  To accomplish this, the SRC has several subgoals:

  1. to consult with investigators and facilitate submission of research proposals related to patient-centered care;
  2. to acquire equipment to assist researchers in observational research;
  3. to develop templates for human subject consent that may be used with both the social science and health sciences IRB review committees;
  4. to establish ongoing collaborative partnerships with community pharmacies.

The goal is to increase the capacity of pharmacies in collaboration with SRC to address key agendas which community pharmacists face as they seek to extend roles, improve the quality of care and achieve optimum outcomes for diverse patients.