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Patient Advisor Toolkit 1: Orientation for Patient Advisory Committees (PAT-1) now available on HIPxChange

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Patient engagement in research has become increasingly prioritized in recent years, as patients can provide unique and valuable feedback to researchers on the design, implementation, and dissemination of studies from the perspective of people the research seeks to help. However, researchers often lack the tools to effectively engage patient advisors in the research process.

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.

Breast Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making Toolkit now available on HIPxChange

Sarina SchragerDr. Sarina Schrager in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Terry Little in the UW Department of Radiology recently published the Breast Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making Toolkit. The goal of the toolkit is to help primary care providers engage in discussions with average risk women regarding breast cancer screening. The toolkit includes resources and supporting materials that offer health care providers information on topics such breast cancer risk factors, assessment, shared deciison making principles, and benefits and harms of breast cancer screening. View the toolkit on HIPxChange here.

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).

Opioid prescribing reduced by UW Health coaching program

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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. 

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.

New patient and stakeholder engagement resources available on HIPxChange

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Several new patient and stakeholder engagement resources created by partners of the UW-ICTR Community Academics Partnerships program are now available on HIPxChange. The new resources include an interactive online training on deeply engaging patients with a mix and match of methods, a roadmap and materials for engaging hard-to-reach patient stakeholders, and workshop videos & materials on sustaining engagement of blended stakeholder boards across the research trajectory.

"Partnering with Patients in Health Care" Mini Med School Video Available Online

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The video of the "Partnering with Patients in Health Care" Mini Med School that was recently held by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is now available online. Several HIP investigators and affiliates spoke at the event, which focused on how patients can help improve health care, research, and policy. You can read a recap of the event on the Center for Patient Partnerships website and the Department of Family Medicine website, and toolkits discussed in the event are available on HIPxChange.

Dane 1 in 4: Integrating Mental Health Care with Primary Care

Nancy PandhiA new effort led by Dr. Nancy Pandhi to integrate mental health care into the primary health care system is being undertaken by several Dane county healthcare organizations and UW-Madison programs. The project, Dane 1 in 4, kicked off Monday, September 20 with a forum at the United Way that involved attendees from more than 15 health delivery systems, advocacy organizations, school mental health programs, and other agencies. Starting in October, Dane 1 in 4 will be seeking patient feedback through an anonymous survey that will be available on their website and in various Dane county clinics and health centers.

Dr. Nasia Safdar Wins Excellence in Patient Engagement Award

Nasia SafdarDr. Nasia Safdar recently won the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement. This award recognizes individuals and healthcare provider institutions that are changing the face of healthcare by using innovative programs and approaches that increase patient and family engagement.

Read more about the award and Dr. Safdar's innovative approach to involving patients in reducing infections at EngagingPatients.org.

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