The mission of NERCOA is to link research, education, and practice in patient-based outcome assessment. The center develops and validates patient-centered methods and surveys that assess the impact of disease and health care interventions on the quality of life of patients. Findings are published in scientific publications and educational monographs, as well as videotapes that have been distributed to health programs in colleges throughout the United States. The center has received $2.4 million in funding from the Bureau of Health Professions and several pharmaceutical companies. Founded in 1991.