Our clients depend on us to help determine the effectiveness of their health interventions and clinical diagnostic methods and treatments. We work with our clients to determine whether outcomes for patients and clients are improving and whether clinicians are becoming more competent in their use of cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment methods. We have worked with many different stakeholders including health care providers, physicians, and nurse researchers using multiple methods to conduct research and evaluation studies. Areas of study include:

  • Quality of Life
  • Clinical Cancer Genetics
  • Emergency Department Differential Diagnoses
  • Spiritual Care
  • Home Care & Case Management
  • Adult Day Health Care
  • Medical & Dental Devices and Products
  • Urology Approaches & Urinary Incontinence
  • Evidence Based Practices
  • Psychotherapy
  • Wellness & Health Maintenance
  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Palliative Care

Our experts will collaborate with you to better understand and measure how your program or treatments can be improved in order to change patients’ lives, improve clinicians’ skills, influence standards of care, and reduce health care costs. We will work with you to generate sampling plans, power analyses, measuring tools, and, as needed, will apply advanced analytic techniques to test your hypotheses and answer your research questions. From small scale pilot studies to private grant- and federally-funded multi-year, multi-method studies, we will help you change systems and individual lives.

Expert Spotlight



As one of the founding partners and a senior researcher, Gwen directs and designs study components and evaluations to help clients enact change. She provides expertise in outcomes research and studies on the quality of life, health care, aging, education, and training. With over 35 years of experience in research and its methods, Gwen assists clients in selecting appropriate designs, sample sizes and sampling plans, and instruments. She oversees all aspects of projects, analyzes data, and ensures that clients fully understand how to interpret and apply their findings. Vital Research, built on its four core values more than 30 years ago, continues to inspire Gwen to collaborate with clients to take actions based on their findings so that they can make positive changes for individuals, families, and communities. She earned both Bachelors and Master’s degrees in primary care and gerontological nursing at UCLA and her Ph.D. in education focusing on research methods, measurement, and statistics from the Rossier School of Education, USC. She has served on faculty at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and UCLA, on the NIH NINR Study Section to review federal grant proposals, the American Nurses’ Association Certification Board for geriatric nurse practitioners, and reviews manuscripts for several professional journals.