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

Nasia Safdar

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.

Gretchen Schwarze awarded $2.1 million from PCORI to help older Americans make better decisions about high-risk surgery

Gretchen Schwarze PCORI grant

Dr. Gretchen Schwarze and co-investigators were recently awarded $2.1 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study how to improve how older adults make decisions about high-risk surgical treatments. The full press release about the study is available on the UW School of Medicine and Public Health website.

4-year NIH grant awarded to improve outcomes for children with chronic illnesses

Cox and Flynn part of NIH grant

Dr. Elizabeth Cox and Dr. Kathryn Flynn are part of a team of researchers who were recently awarded a 4-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fine-tune tools for clinicials to improve outcomes for children with chronic illnesses. Dr. Cox and Dr. Flynn's energies will be focused on understanding how children's experiences of living with chronic illness change as they grow and develop.  The knowledge gained in this work will help researchers and clinicians as interpret chronically ill children's patient-reported outcomes in the context of clinical care or comparative effectiveness trials. 

WCHQ Improvement Toolkits on Improving Diabetes Care, Hypertension Care, and Colorectal Cancer Screening Now Available

WCHQ Improvement Toolkits

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality recently partnered with HIP to make 3 improvement toolkits available on HIPxChange. The toolkits present evidence-based strategies and a variety of supporting resources that healthcare provider organizations can use to improve care and outcomes in 3 areas: blood sugar (A1c) control for patients with diabetesblood pressure control for patients with hypertension, and screening for colorectal cancer.

Elizabeth Cox to Speak at PCORI Annual Meeting

Cox PCORI Annual Meeting

Dr. Elizabeth Cox will be speaking at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) first annual meeting, which will focus on progress in building a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research community. Dr. Cox will be speaking about her project, Family-Centered Tailoring of Pediatric Diabetes Self-Management Resources, at a plenary session that highlights innovative patient engagement in PCORI projects.

"Partnering with Patients in Health Care" Mini Med School Video Available Online

UW SMPH Mini Med School

The video of the "Partnering with Patients in Health Care" Mini Med School that was recently held by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is now available online. Several HIP investigators spoke at the event, which focused on how patients can help improve health care, research, and policy. You can read a recap of the event on the Center for Patient Partnerships website and the Department of Family Medicine website.


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