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New patient and stakeholder engagement resources available on HIPxChange

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Several new patient and stakeholder engagement resources created by partners of the UW-ICTR Community Academics Partnerships program are now available on HIPxChange. The new resources include an interactive online training on deeply engaging patients with a mix and match of methods, a roadmap and materials for engaging hard-to-reach patient stakeholders, and workshop videos & materials on sustaining engagement of blended stakeholder boards across the research trajectory.

Dr. Heidi Brown awarded funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to test effectiveness of community-based continence promotion program

Heidi BrownDr. Heidi Brown was recently awarded $100,000 over two years from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to test the effectiveness of a community-based continence promotion program called "Mind Over Matter; Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder." Bladder and bowel incontinence affects over 60% of older women and increases their risk of injuries, depression, and hospitalization, but most women do not seek care for the condition and are unaware of self-management strategies. This project will use a randomized, controlled trial of women in Wisconsin to test the effectiveness of the program, and a toolkit will be developed to help senior centers more easily assess whether the program is a good fit and implement it if it is.

Dr. Brian Patterson receives AHRQ K08 to study prevention of future falls after ED visits

Brian PattersonDr. Brian Patterson was recently awarded a K08 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to study the prevention of future falls among older adults presenting to the emergency department (ED). Older adults frequently rely on the ED for acute, unscheduled care, and these vists offer an opportunity to identify older adults at higher risk of falls at a time when fall risk factors can be modified. However, screening interventions in the ED often fail due to time constraints. The objective of this study is to identify adults at high risk of future falls and improve their care both during their ED visit and after discharge.

Collaborative funded to improve screening for intimate partner violence

Elizabeth CoxDr. Elizabeth Cox, associate professor of pediatrics at UW-Madison, in collaboration with Laurie Thompsen, MSW (West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence) and Dr. Danielle Davidov (West Virginia University), received a Tier 1 Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.  This award will develop a collaborative focused on improving screening for intimate partner violence (IPV) in healthcare settings.  Screening for IPV can increase identification by 133%, and both providers and patients, including victims, are generally supportive of screening.  However, screening rates among physicians are low, and current practices are not effective.

Maureen Smith Awarded $1.4 Million from PCORI

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded $1.4 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a joint project between UW-Madison, Massachussetts General Hospital/Harvard University, and the University of Iowa. In this project, the investigators will seek to identify the most important parts of case management programs in 22 health systems across the country and assess how well they work. The project will help build the capacity of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. Read the full press release here.

Bringing patient voices to healthcare

Nancy PandhiResearchers at UW-Madison, including Dr. Nancy Pandhi, recently launched a new web-based resource to help patients, doctors, and researchers learn more about patient experiences with illness and health. The first stories available on the website are about depression in young adults, and over time, the website will grow to include patient stories on other conditions and health issues. Learn more about the project here.

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