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Dr. Heather Johnson participates in the Wisconsin Hypertension Symposium and research cited in discussion of disparities

Heather JohnsonDr. Heather Johnson was recently invited to participate in the Wisconsin Hypertension Symposium, which brought together clinical providers, policy makers, health insurers, and state and national organizations such as the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association to develop action plans to improve hypertension diagnosis and control in Wisconsin. Dr. Johnson's research showing that young adults are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for hypertension was referenced during the symposium to demonstrate disparities in hypertension care between populations in Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Cox awarded Baldwin grant to engage families as care partners in nursing homes

Elizabeth CoxDr. Elizabeth Cox, in collaboration with Tonya Roberts from the School of Nursing, was recently awarded one of eight grants from the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. In this two-year project, they will collaborate with stakeholders from community nursing homes in Wisconsin to for a sustainable nursing home network, with the ultimate goal of sharing and implementing strategies to engage families in the care of community nursing home residents. To date, family engagement in nursing homes has  been one of the least recognized and most unstructured quality improvement strategies.

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. 

Collaborative to improve screening for intimate partner violence approved for PCORI funding

Elizabeth CoxElizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics at UW-Madison, in collaboration with Laurie Thompsen, MSW from the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Danielle Davidov, PhD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at West Virginia University, recently received approval for a Pipeline to Proposal Tier II award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This award through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program will support the West Virginia Asking Women About Relationship Experiences (AWARE) Collaborative for Intimate Partner Violence Screening.

Maureen Smith awarded grant to study disparities with WCHQ and CCHE

Maureen SmithDr. Maureen Smith was recently awarded a 4-year grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program to support a Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ)-sponsored effort in collaboration with the Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) to measure and publicly report disparities in the quality of care for health systems across the state of Wisconsin. While Wisconsin ranks high in overall quality of care nationally, the state performs poorly with respect to disparities in quality of care.

Dr. Christie Bartels gathering patient input on how to help people quit smoking

Christie BartelsDr. Christie Bartels is conducting a year-long study on how to help patients with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis quit smoking. She is using a novel approach of not only asking health care providers for their thoughts, but also seeking patient input through focus groups on the best way to reach patients who smoke to help them quit. “The goal of the study is really to invite people to better health and not necessarily to shame people for smoking behavior, which I think has been the perception for years,” Bartels said. Read more about the study here.

Team funded to implement children's asthma and sickle cell quality measures

Elizabeth CoxA team of investigators that includes Dr. Elizabeth Cox recently received funding from AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop and implement new children's quality measures for asthma and sickle cell disease. The project is funded under the Pediatric Quality Measures Program, and will be used by state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs, as well as payors, clinicians, and patients & families to measure improve the quality of care for children with these diseases.

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.

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