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Dr. Nasia Safdar Wins Excellence in Patient Engagement Award

Nasia SafdarDr. Nasia Safdar recently won the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement. This award recognizes individuals and healthcare provider institutions that are changing the face of healthcare by using innovative programs and approaches that increase patient and family engagement.

Read more about the award and Dr. Safdar's innovative approach to involving patients in reducing infections at EngagingPatients.org.

5-Year Randomized Controlled Trial of C-TraC Funded by NIA

C-TraC LogoThe NIH-National Institute on Aging has just funded a 5 year Project (Project PI: Dr. Amy Kind) for a prospective, single-blind randomized controlled trial of the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program. The primary goal of this study is to determine C-TraC's impact on 30-day rehospitalizations, caregiver stress, and the patient-centered post-hospital outcomes of delirium prevention/resolution, functional maintenance/recovery, and falls prevention in patients with dementia discharged from the hospital to the community.

Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs Re-Appointed to PCORI Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities

Liz JacobsDr. Elizabeth Jacobs was recently re-appointed to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities. She has served on the panel for the last year, and will now be serving for the next three years. 

Dr. Jacobs is one of 21 members of the panel, which represents investigators, providers, and community and patient stakeholders, and works collaboratively to provide scientific and technical expertise, refine and prioritize research questions, and offer input on other issues relevant to the PCORI mission.

Brock Polnaszek Selected for MSTAR Award

Brock PolnaszekBrock Polnaszek was selected as one of the national recipients of the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) awards sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institutes on Aging.

His study, under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Kind and Dr. Sanjay Asthana, will aim to deternine the accuracy of written physical activity discharge order communication for hip fracture and stroke patients discharged to nursing homes from the hospital. Specifically, he will examine the accuracy of written activity orders for: (1) medical assistive devices for ambulating or transferring (i.e., cane), (2) level of assistance with sitting to standing, and (3) patient safety restrictions (i.e., fall risk).

Dr. Amy Kind Invited to Participate on CMS Technical Expert Panel

Amy KindDr. Amy Kind has been invited to participate on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Technical Expert Panel on re-evaluating hospital-level measures of 30-day post-discharge care transitions for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), and pneumonia.

This panel will re-evaluate three measures that are currently endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) so that they can be used in the assessment of providing high-value care to Medicare beneficiaries.

Nancy Pandhi and Gretchen Schwarze Receive WPP New Investigator Awards

Nancy PandhiGretchen Schwarze

Dr. Nancy Pandhi and Dr. Gretchen Schwarze have been selected to receive New Investigator awards from the Wisconsin Partnership Program for their projects, "Aligning Preferences in Older Adults with Decision for High Risk Surgery" and "The Effectiveness of an Integrated Mental Health and Primary Care Model for Wisconsin Patients with Severe Mental Illness," respectively. 

Read more about the studies here

Elizabeth Cox Re-Appointed to Serve on PCORI Advisory Panel

Elizabeth CoxElizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences, has been re-appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to serve on their Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems (IHS).

The Advisory Panel on IHS is one of four panels to provide expertise and feedback on scientific and technical issues, represent patient and stakeholder engagement, and review and highlight research questions to represent PCORI’s mission.

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