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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.

HealthExperiencesUSA website featured in New York Times and USA Today

HealthExperiencesUSA logoThe Database of Patient Experiences (DIPEx) methodology used to develop HealthExperiencesUSA.org, a website that brings patients' voices to American healthcare, was recently featured in articles in both the New York Times and USA Today as an important resource that can enable patients with depression to identify with others who suffer from the disease.

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 decision 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. 

New website a powerful resource for African American young adults with depression

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African American young adults who have depression often suffer alone and lack the support and resources to manage their condition. In recent article in Ebony magazine discussing these issues, HealthExperiencesUSA.org is highlighted as a powerful resource that can help everyone better understand depression in diverse young adults. 

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.

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.

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