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Breast Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making Toolkit now available on HIPxChange

Sarina SchragerDr. Sarina Schrager in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Terry Little in the UW Department of Radiology recently published the Breast Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making Toolkit. The goal of the toolkit is to help primary care providers engage in discussions with average risk women regarding breast cancer screening. The toolkit includes resources and supporting materials that offer health care providers information on topics such breast cancer risk factors, assessment, shared decision making principles, and benefits and harms of breast cancer screening. View the toolkit on HIPxChange here.

Elizabeth Cox awarded funding to build pipeline to personalize diabetes prevention & treatment

Elizabeth CoxDr. Elizabeth Cox and collaborators have been awarded UW2020 funding to build a translational research pipeline to personalize diabetes prevention and treatment. The project will establish a data registry and biobank of individuals with diabetes, called the Diabetes Research Accelerator for Wisconsin (DRAW), as a step towards delivering personalized diabetes care and facilitating interdisciplinary translational diabetes research at UW-Madison.

Maureen Smith discusses case management project with PCORI

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith recently spoke with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) about a current project that she is conducting with Dr. Menggang Yu and other researchers at locations across the country to characterize & evaluate the outcomes of case management programs. The project uses the PCORnet infrastucture, and its aims include characterizing case management programs across 22 health systems and evaluating the extent to which case management programs prevent hospital events for patients enrolled in Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Dr. Christie Bartels named 2018 Top Doctor by Madison Magazine

Christie BartelsIn a biennial guide compiled by Madison Magazine, Dr. Christie Bartels was named one of three top rheumatology doctors in Dane County for 2018. The top doctors are chosen by their Madison-area peers through an online survey that asks participants to vote for doctors they would also recommend to their family, friends, and loved ones. Several other UW Health doctors from other specialties were also selected. Congratulations, Dr. Bartels! 

Heather Johnson raises awareness of heart health for African American women

Heather JohnsonDr. Heather Johnson recently served as the keynote speaker at the 7th Annual National Wear Red Day event at Fountain of Life Church. The goal of the event was to educate African American on the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and lifestyle changes that women can make to reduce their risk. Wear Red Day also included networking and fellowship opportunities. The event was one of many across the nation for American Heart Month, "Go Red for Women."  Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death among American women over the age of 25, and African American women are disproportionately affected. 

Opioid prescribing reduced by UW Health coaching program

Andrew Quanbeck

In a recent study by Dr. Andrew Quanbeck et al., coaching primary care doctors on opioid prescribing guidelines resulted in a 11% drop in opioid doses at UW Health clinics. Conversely, doses increased by 8% at other clinics in the health system where the coaching program was not implemented. The results from the study come at a crucial time as the opioid abuse epidemic continues in the state and nationwide. 

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