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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.

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. 

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