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Pascale Carayon and Maureen Smith awarded $2.5 million grant to create patient safety learning lab

Pascale CarayonMaureen SmithDr. Pascale Carayon, the Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Dr. Maureen Smith, professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine & Community Health, were recently awarded $2.5 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to create a patient safety learning lab.

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. Heidi Brown testing a program to reduce or prevent incontinence in Wisconsin women

Heidi BrownDr. Heidi Brown is testing a new program, "Mind Over Matter," to reduce or prevent incontinence in women in Wisconsin. Fecal and urinary incontinence are common issues affecting women, but they are rarely discussed. The Mind Over Matter program will recruit 120 women in south and central Wisconsin who will be randomly assitned to receive the program (3 sessions that are 2 hours each), before or after taking a survey on symptoms. The program is designed to focus on things that the participants can do to relieve symptoms, such as changing diet, fluid intake, and exercise. Read more about the study here.

Heidi Brown launches study to test educational program for incontinence in women

Heidi BrownDr. Heidi Brown has launched a study to test the effectiveness of an educational program, "Mind Over Matter," that explores the causes, prevention, and treatment of fecal and urinary incontinence in women. As many as 60% of women above the age of 55 have one of the two types of incontinence, and Dr. Brown's study will determine whether the Mind Over Matter program can reduce their symptoms. The program consists of three sessions that are two hours each, and uses a "train the trainer" methodology to deliver the course material. The study will take place at locations across southern and central Wisconsin, and study participants will be surveyed before and after on their symptoms to determine the effectiveness of the program.

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.

Gretchen Schwarze Awarded R03 Grant from National Institute on Aging

Gretchen SchwarzeDr. Gretchen Schwarze recently received an R03 award from the National Institute on Aging to conduct a feasibilty study of a communication tool to help older adults facing difficult surgical decisions make choices that align with their personal preferences. In the project, Dr. Schwarze and colleagues will train surgeons on the use of the tool, assess patient acceptance of the tool, and lay the groundwork for a larger-scale efficacy trial.

University of Wisconsin Approved for $2.1 Million Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Liz JacobsCan peer support do a better job than standard community services of keeping elderly people out of hospitals and nursing homes?

A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team led by Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs, associate professor of medicine and associate vice chair for health services research, was awarded $2.1 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study “The Effectiveness of Peer-to-Peer Community Support to Promote Aging in Place.” This three-year study is one of 33 grants approved in this year’s cycle by PCORI.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging Featured on Wisconsin Public Radio

WIHA 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.

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