Dr. Christie Bartels was recently awarded a 2.5 year Pfizer Independent Grant for Learning and Change for her project, "Systems-based CVD prevention protocols for rheumatology teams: A low-cost multidisciplinary approach." The goal of the project is to improve management of modifiable cardiovascular disease risk factors as a path to improve the cardiovascular health and survival of patients with rheumatic diseases. The project will apply evidence-based staff-driven protocols in RA clinic visits to improve management of hypertension and tobacco use. This QI project responds to the aim of the Pfizer program to support "screening for and modification of modifiable CVD risk factors in RA patients."
Dr. Jane Mahoney and Betsy Abramson from The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) recently spoke on Wisconsin Public Radio about the types of programs that WIHA offers to support older adults and people living with chronic illnesses, as well as the many benefits of the programs. In collaboration with WIHA, the Health Innovation Program helped support the development of Healthy Living with Diabetes, one of the programs that they discuss in the interview.
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.
In research recently presented by Dr. Christie Bartels et al. at the American College of Rheumatology 2013 Annual Meeting, uncontrolled blood pressure was addressed in less than 1 of 3 rheumatology visits even when blood pressure exceeded 160/100 mmHg, despite the fact that patients with rheumatoid arthritis have increased cardiovascular risk.
The Access Community Health Centers Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit includes a detailed flow diagram of key communications between primary care physicians, behavioral health consultants, and consulting psychiatrists working together within a clinic. It emphasizes a team approach for addressing patients’ behavioral and mental health needs while supporting and encouraging efficient, whole-person care.
The Integrated Primary Care Consulting Psychiatry Toolkit was developed by researchers and clinicians at Access Community Health Centers and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. View the toolkit here.
Dr. Christie Bartels recently developed the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit, which centers around a flowsheet built in the electronic health record that allows clinicians to dynamically assess RA activity consistent with national RA quality indicators advocating disease activity monitoring. The flowsheet longitudinally displays pertinent lab and clinical data for RA/medication management, as well as cardiovascular disease risk monitoring.
The RA Disease Activity & Monitoring Toolkit was developed by researchers and clinicians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health – Department of Medicine, Rheumatology Division. View the toolkit here.