Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Short Course

The UW-Madison Institute for Clinical & Translational Research invites you to a two day short-course devoted to the methods of stakeholder engagement in translational research.

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Featured Healthcare Partner

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality, affordability, safety, and efficiency of health care in Wisconsin by providing quality, reliable, integrated data to all stakeholders seeking to transform healthcare. 

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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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Health Innovation News

Stay up-to-date on health services and health innovation news by following HIP's curated magazine on Flipboard. You can follow online or by subscribing to Health Innovation News on your mobile Flipboard app.

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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.

Featured Toolkit: Partnering with Parents of Hospitalized Children Using an Inpatient Portal

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An inpatient portal is a patient-facing web-based application intended to engage hospitalized patients and their caregivers by providing secure access to their personal health information.

The Partnering with Parents of Hospitalized Children Using an Inpatient Portal toolkit was developed to help guide the introduction, implementation, and/or evaluation of an inpatient portal in healthcare organizations.

The toolkit contains materials to engage institutional stakeholders, implementation timeline and planning information, key decisions and considerations, data collection tools to monitor the impact of the portal, and more. You can learn more about the implementation of the inpatient portal at American Family Children's Hospital here.

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News

Maureen Smith awarded grant to study disparities with WCHQ and CCHE

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded a 4-year grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to support a Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)-sponsored effort in collaboration with the Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) to measure and publicly report disparities in the quality of care for health systems across the state of Wisconsin. While Wisconsin ranks high in overall quality of care nationally, the state performs poorly with respect to disparities in quality of care. These disparities in health care quality contribute to the poor health outcomes noted for diverse populations such as people with lower income, less education, racial and ethnic minority populations, people with disabilities, and others. This project has the potential to benefit the most disadvantaged citizens by raising the visibility of disparities and motivating health systems to undertake targeted improvements to directly address these disparities.   

Dr. Bartels using patient input to determine how to help patients with rheumatic disease stop smoking

Christie BartelsIn a year-long study funded by the UW Institute for Clinical & Translational Research, Dr. Christie Bartels is conducting focus groups of smokers with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus to obtain their input on the best way to help patients quit smoking. "The goal of the study is really to invite people to better health and not necessarily to shame people for smoking behavior," Dr. Bartels said. In addition to seeking patient input, Dr. Bartels has developed a smoking intervention program that health providers can learn in approximately 30 minutes. A toolkit with materials to help organizations implement this intervention will be available on HIPxChange soon. Learn more about the study here

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Publications

A family-centered rounds checklist, family engagement, and patient safety

Family-Centered RoundsIn a recent randomized clinical trial led by Dr. Elizabeth Cox, implementing a checklist during family-centered rounds increased family engagement and the safety of hospitalized children from the perspective of the families. The checklist was developed with input from the hospital staff and families of hospitalized children, and two items were found to significantly increase family engagement: when hospital staff read back orders, families engaged in more decision-making and provided more information, and families were also more engaged when the team talked about goals for discharge. A press release about the study is available here, and the materials needed to implement the family-centered rounds checklist in are available here.

Predictors of primary care provider adoption of CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening

CT ScanIn a recent study by Dr. Jennifer Weiss et al. to examine factors influencing primary care provider adoption of CT colonography (CTC) for colorectal cancer screening, the authors linked survey responses with electronic health record data and found that substantial variation in the use of CTC for screening existed among primary care providers and clinics. Primary care providers were more likely to recommend CTC for screening if they specialized in Internal Medicine, perceived that it was effective in reducing mortality from colorectal cancer, or thought that CTC had a higher number of perceived advantages.

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