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UW Health is the academic health system associated with UW-Madison. It encompasses the research, education, and patient care activities that occur within the University of Wisconsin.

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Featured Research Partner

Primary Care Academics Transforming Healthcare (PATH) is a writing collaborative that brings together leaders from several UW organizations and departments to communicate the work that has been done at UW Health to redesign primary care and to create an infrastructure that can support scholarly activities.

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Free-the-Data Program

The goal of the “Free-the-Data” Program is to make analysis-ready healthcare data available to UW faculty, staff, trainees, and UW Health staff for research and quality improvement purposes.

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HIP supports the development and dissemination of tools for evidence-based health system change through its website, HIPxChange.

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Featured Toolkit: Improving Diabetes Care & Outcomes


Diabetes affects over 29 million people or 9% of the population in the United States. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and can result in serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower extremity amputations.

The Toolkit for Improving Diabetes Care & Outcomes presents several evidence-based strategies that healthcare provider organizations can use to improve diabetes control among their patients.

The toolkit also provides a variety of resources – e.g., guidelines, EHR screenshots, sample policies, templates, web links – to support implementing the improvement strategies.


Several HIP investigators named 2015-16 Best Doctors in America

UW Health logoSeveral HIP investigators were named in the Best Doctors in America® list for 2015-16. The list results from a validated peer review process in which doctors who excel in their specialties are chosen by their peers. You can read more about the selection and review process, as well as view the list of the over 200 UW Health physicians who are on the list, on the UW Health website.

Nasia Safdar awarded funding from PCORI to study dietary fiber and gut microbes

Nasia SafdarDr. Nasia Safdar has been awarded a contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to improve research on the prevention and treatment of healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Dr. Safdar’s project creates a sustainable panel of older rural Wisconsin patients and their families, and other stakeholders including UW Health Infection Prevention staff and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. To achieve this goal, Dr. Safdar and Researcher Mary Jo Knobloch will collaborate with Dr. Betty Kaiser and Gay Thomas from the Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS), Dr. Elizabeth Cox, Director of PROKids, and Dr. Betty Chewning, Director of the Sonderegger Research Center, who all have longstanding experience in stakeholder engagement across all stages of research.

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Omission of physical therapy recommendations for high-risk patients transitioning from hospital to sub-acute care

Physical TherapyIn a recent study, Brock Polnaszek et al. examined the frequency with which physical therapy recommendations made by inpatient physical therapists were included in hospital discharge summaries, and found that over half of patients had omissions in recommendations for maintaining patient safety, assistance required for mobility, or use of assistive devices. Medicare beneficiaries with safety restriction/precaution omissions had a trend towards more negative 30-day outcomes such as rehospitalization.

Rheumatologist and primary care management of cardiovascular disease risk in rheumatoid arthritis

Woman getting blood pressure takenPatients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but frequently do not receive preventive care for it. Dr. Christie Bartels et al. recently interviewed patients, rheumatologists, and primary care physicians to better understand patient and provider perspectives on cardiovascular disease care processes for patients with RA, and found that the identifiying and acting on risk factors was important in the receipt of preventive care, but that these processes rarely occurred.

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