2018 Individual Seed Projects

Improving Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Detection and Screening

Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery - Vascular Surgery
Walter Clifford Chidester and Elsa Rooney Chidester Professor of Surgery
Affiliate, Surgery - Vascular Surgery
Associate Professor (Research) of Surgery (Health Services Research Unit)

The goal of our, “Improving Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Detection and Screening” study is to model the cost-effectiveness of an AAA early detection screening program initiated in 2007. Specifically, the VA Healthcare System started an initiative to screen all eligible patients for AAAs with a screening ultrasound. We have the opportunity to evaluate the effects of this screening program on cost and outcomes ~10 years pre- and post-screening to develop an early detection model.