HIP Investigators Awarded UW-ICTR Pilot Grants

ICTR LogoSeveral HIP investigators were recently awarded pilot grants from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW-ICTR). Drs. Christie Bartels, Michelle Chui, Korey Kennelty, Nancy Pandhi, and Gretchen Schwarze will be conducting projects on a variety of topics in inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacy settings that engage patients and community health care organizations as collaborators.

Clinical and Community Outcomes Research Awards
Dr. Christie Bartels will be conducting an intervention to improve hypertension control and reduce cardiovascular events in patients requiring specialty care, a population that has been shown to have gaps in blood pressure care and follow-up. She will be working with the UW Health Rheumatology Clinic and academic collaborators Dr. Diane Lauver, Dr. Heather Johnson, and Dr. Yingqi Zhao.

In conjunction with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the Oregon Area Senior Center, Supporting Active Independent Lives, and ShopKo Pharmacies, Dr. Michelle Chui will be conducting a pilot project to make pharmacists more accessible to seniors while they are making decisions to support over-the-counter medications. The goal of the project is to prevent adverse drug events, and potentially reduce hospitalizations. Dr. Chui’s academic collaborators include Cynthia Phelan, Lauren Welch, and Dr. Jamie Stone.

Dr. Korey Kennelty will be working with Mallatt’s Pharmacy and Marshfield Clinic Pharmacies to ensure that all patients being discharged from the hospital receive the medications from community pharmacies that they are prescribed. Dr. Kennelty will also be soliciting input from community pharmacists throughout Wisconsin to better understand the medication reconciliation process, and intends to solicit input from patients in the next phase of this research. She will be working with collaborators Dr. David Kreling, Dr. Margaret Wise, and Dr. Amy Kind.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Awards
Dr. Nancy Pandhi and collaborators Sarah Davis and Dr. Nora Jacobson will be conducting a project to better understand the effectiveness of integrated mental health and primary care models on outcomes of interest to patients, with the long-term goal of improving health care delivery for individuals with mental illness. To do this, the investigators will be working with several community partners—the United Way of Dane County, WORT Community Radio, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cornucopia, Inc., Access Community Health Centers, Group Health Cooperative, and UW Health—to identify and prioritize outcomes important to the public from an integrated mental health and primary care model, as well as engage delivery system partners to help identify the differences and similarities in the components of their integrated mental health and primary care models.

Dr. Gretchen Schwarze and collaborator Dr. Paul Rathouz will be working with the Center for Patient Partnerships and several patient-family programs within UW Health to clarify the pre-operative decision needs of patients who will be undergoing high-risk surgery, as well as develop a patient navigation tool for use in high-stakes surgical decision making. The goal of this project is to help patients better understand the potential complications and downstream outcomes of high-risk surgery so that they can make informed decisions about whether to proceed.