Select Current Grants

Cancer Research Network across Health Care Systems-Infrastructure
The overall goal of this project is to increase the effectivenes of preventive, curative, and supporting interventions for major cancers, through a program of collaborative research based in a group of 10 health plans across the United States belonging to the HMO Research Network. The 10 health plans, with approximately 9 million enrollees, are distinguished by their longstanding commitment to prevention and research, and have a history of collaboration among themselves and with affiliated academic institutions.
PI: Edward H. Wagner
Meyers Investigator: Terry Field
Date: June 6th 2011-April 30th 2012
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Cancer Research Network Clinical Communication Research Center
The specific aims of our Center are : (1) to leverage an existing administrative and scientific infrastructure (the Cancer Research Network, with over 10 million enrollees, comprising 14 integrated healthcare delivery systems across the United States) to support the synergies of discovery and dissemination of practice-based communication strategies and organizational resources for improving patient experiences across the cancer care continuum; (2) support three investigator-initiated research projects to advance communication theory and to evaluate efficacy of practice-based communication strategies informed by theory; (3) provide administrative and scientific support to new investigators, including clinicians, in development of pilot projects, financial assistance to meritorious projects, and assist in submission of broader, investigator-initiated proposals to be submitted for extramural funding; and (4) engage doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, and healthcare clinicians and researchers in learning about clinical applications of patient-centered cancer communication. The Center's research projects will be augmented by Shared Resource Cores that will work to identify effective innovations in patient-centered cancer communication and healthcare team coordination, and effectively disseminate and implement evidence-based cancer communication practices to healthcare systems across the nation.
PI: James W. Dearing
Meyers Investigator:
Kathy Mazor
Date: August 31st 2009 – July 31st 2012
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Changes in Cardiovascular Care and Outcomes in Eight Years after Medicare Part D
The principal goal of this study is to measure changes in drug coverage, use, spending, and Cost-Related Underuse of Medicines (CRUM) among elderly Medicare beneficiaries before and after (2005-2007) implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), with a particular focus on poor and chronically ill beneficiaries who will qualify for substantially subsidized coverage and near-poor beneficiaries who will not.
PI: Stephen B. Soumerai
Meyers Investigator:
Becky Briesacher
Date: September 6th 2011 – August 31st 2015
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
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Cost-related Underuse of Medications and the Health of Older Adults
The overall goal of this project is to improve understanding of cost-related medication non-adherence (CRN), with emphasis on how the financial instability generated by rising cost-sharing impacts the health of older adults. Specific aims are: 1) To describe the development and duration of CRN over time, and identify associated risk factors of CRN. 2) To identify the potential consequences of CRN on patient health and health care expenditures. 3) To develop a new model of CRN behavior and recommendations for cost-sharing that encourages the most clinically appropriate care.
PI:
Becky A. Briesacher
Date: August 5th 2011 – August 31st 2013
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
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Health Literacy and Cancer Prevention: Do Patients Understand What They Hear? (Cancer Research Network Across Health Care Systems)
The major goals of this project are: 1) to develop and validate a psychometrically sound test of Health Literacy-Oral, 2) to investigate the relationship between health literacy-oral and cancer prevention behaviors and 3) to develop and test recommendations for improving oral communication about cancer prevention and screening.
PI:
Kathy M. Mazor
Date: May 1st 2011 – April 30th 2012
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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iADAPT: Off-label Use of Atypical Antipsychotics in the Nursing Home Setting
The overall aim of this study is to conduct a needs assessment in the nursing home setting relevant to the AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Research Summary Guides (CERSG) entitled “Off-Label Use of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs.” The assessment will identify: (a) interest in and barriers to the use of the AHRQ atypical antipsychotic CERSG in the nursing home setting; (b) the key audiences and stakeholders that influence atypical antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes; and (c) approaches that could be used to integrate CER Review products into the nursing home setting.
PI:
Jerry Gurwitz
Date: September 30th 2010 – September 29th 2013
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
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Improved Oversight in Long Term Care
The major goal of this study is to analyze CMS claims data and the development of field work sampling to evaluate nursing
home decision making in administering antipsychotic medications.
PI:
Jerry Gurwitz
Date: October 4th 2011 – September 5th 2012
Funding Agency: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Medical Illness and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Heart Failure as a Model
The primary objectives of this project are: 1) to prospectively examine cognitive function in patients aged 65 years and older from the time of hospitalization for HF through 3-months after hospital discharge, 2) to prospectively examine the performance of self-care activities from the time of hospitalization for HF through 3-months after hospital discharge, 3) to examine the relation between cognitive function and performance of self-care activities at selected time intervals following hospital discharge for HF, and 4) to develop and pilot test an intervention to enhance self-care practices for HF survivors that is tailored to a patient’s cognitive status.
PI:
Jane Saczynski, Jane Steele
Date: August 8th 2011 – August 31st 2015
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
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Optimizing Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Advanced Dementia
The overall goal of this study is to establish research infrastructure to conduct comparative drug effectiveness studies in populations of nursing home residents with advanced dementia.
PI:
Jen Tjia
Date: September 28th 2010 – September 29th 2012
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
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Psychosocial Factors and Rehospitalization after Acute Myocardial Infarction
The major goals of this study are to: describe the prevalence of, and change in, chemotherapeutic index (CI) and Depression among survivors of AMI at 1 and 6 weeks after hospital-discharge; examine the extent to which AMI self-management behaviors at 6 weeks post-discharge vary according to CI and Depression at 1-week post discharge and the change in these factors from 1 to 6 weeks post hospital-discharge; and to examine whether rates of 30-day and 1-year rehospitalization and mortality vary according to CI and depression at 1 and 6 weeks post hospital-discharge.
PI:
Jane Saczynski, Jane Steele
Date: August 5 2011 – April 30th 2013
Funding Agency: National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute (NIH)
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Risk Informed Intervention to Improve Ambulatory Drug Monitoring and Safety
This study is a multipronged intervention to lower the rate of the medication error that was most commonly found to cause serious adverse drug events: inadequate laboratory monitoring for high risk medications.
PI:
Terry S. Field
Date: September 20th 2010 – September 29th 2012
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
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Systemic Sulfonamide Use During Pregnancy and the Risk of Selected Congenital Anomalies
The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the association between exposure to sulfonamides during pregnancy and congenital malformations.
PI:
Susan Andrade
Date: September 12th 2011 – August 31st 2013
Funding Agency: Federal Drug and Administration (FDA)

Using HIT to Improve Transitions of Complex Elderly Patients from SNF to Home
The objective of this study is to evaluate a health information technology transitional care intervention with medication laboratory monitoring alerts, and appointment to improve medication safety among older patients during transitions from skilled nursing facilities to home.
PI:
Terry S. Field
Date: September 27th 2010 – September 29th 2012
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
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