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Collaborative to improve screening for intimate partner violence approved for funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Collaborative funded to improve screening for intimate partner violence
Aug
10

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics at UW-Madison, in collaboration with Laurie Thompsen, MSW from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Danielle Davidov, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at West Virginia University, recently received approval for a Pipeline to Proposal Tier II award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This award through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program will support the West Virginia Asking Women About Relationship Experiences (AWARE) Collaborative for Intimate Partner Violence Screening.

Although 7 million U.S. women experience intimate partner violence (IPV), only 3-10% of IPV victims are identified by healthcare professionals due to low screening rates. These rates are especially low in underserved rural areas due to geographic and social isolation.

The West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence will lead this project to transform the healthcare system’s response to intimate partner violence. This collaborative seeks to understand IPV from the perspectives of victims, their families, advocacy groups, policy makers, and healthcare and criminal justice systems. Feedback from this diverse group of stakeholders will be used to inform safe and effective IPV screening in healthcare settings.

Read more about the West Virginia AWARE Collaborative for Intimate Partner Violence Screening project here.

PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop the means to develop community-led funding proposals on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). Established by the non-profit PCORI, the program funds help individuals or groups build community partnerships, develop research capacity, and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that could become the basis of a research funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.

“The Pipeline to Proposal Awards program is a manifestation of PCORI’s commitment to the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders in all our research endeavors,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “It provides support to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to contribute to the field of comparative effectiveness research. We’re pleased to follow the awardees’ progress as they develop partnerships and begin to form research questions.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

Heather Johnson discusses masked hypertension

Jul
14

Dr. Heather Johnson was recently featured in a local news story on "masked hypertension," a condition where blood pressure readings are normal when they are measured at the doctor's office, but are actually high in non-clinical settings due to stressful or fast-paced daily living. Masked hypertension is the opposite of "white coat hypertension," where anxiety about being in a clinical environment raises blood pressure temporarily. Masked hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and can result in long-term damage to the heart and kidneys, and is estimated to affect 10-15% of Americans. View the news story here.

Maureen Smith awarded grant to study disparities with WCHQ and CCHE

Maureen Smith
Jun
15

Dr. 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. Christie Bartels gathering patient input on how to help people quit smoking

Christie Bartels
May
20

Dr. Christie Bartels is conducting a year-long study on how to help patients with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis quit smoking. She is using a novel approach of not only asking health care providers for their thoughts, but also seeking patient input through focus groups on the best way to reach patients who smoke to help them quit. “The goal of the study is really to invite people to better health and not necessarily to shame people for smoking behavior, which I think has been the perception for years,” Bartels said. Read more about the study here.

HealthExperiencesUSA website featured in the news

News feature on HealthExperiencesUSA
May
18

HealthExperiencesUSA.org, a website created by Drs. Nancy Pandhi and Rachel Grob in partnership with DIPEx International to elevate the patient voice in American health care, was recently featured in a news story by News 3/Channel 3000. The story discusses how the website can be a helpful resource for young adults with depression by helping them hear other patients' stories about depression first-hand. One young adult from Madison said that the "words of the young adults on the website let others know there is help, and they are not alone." View the story here

MyHEART website launched to help young adults with high blood pressure

MyHEART website launch
Mar
15

Approximately 1 in 15 young adults have high blood pressure, and they have lowest rates of blood pressure control compared to other adult age groups, putting them at risk for a future heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and/or kidney disease. To help address this issue, Dr. Heather Johnson and her team recently launched a new website, MyHEART, that aims to help young adults with high blood pressure live a healthier life, lower their blood pressure, and prevent heart disease. A toolkit with information for providers and administrators about how they can use and promote the website with patients is also available. Learn more about the MyHEART program here.

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