• Three projects aim to improve outcomes by improving systems

    Better transitions from hospital to home. A bigger network for sharing best practices for controlling chronic disease. Comparing methods of providing therapy to adolescents after traumatic brain injury.

    These projects, all led by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s, have been selected for funding by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI). The non-profit organization recently announced 82 contract awards nationwide, selected from more than 600 applications. They include:

    • Samir Shah, MD, MSCE, plans to study the impact of a re-engineered home nurse visiting program as a tool for reducing readmission rates among acutely ill children after leaving the hospital. As many as one in five families report transition problems such as not understanding discharge instructions or not knowing who to call when problems occur at home.
    • Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, and colleagues have been working for several years to build ImproveCareNow, an innovative online community that has improved outcomes by sharing information about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis among patients, physicians and researchers. The PCORI award will help bring the network up to a sustainable, reusable scale that could serve as a model for developing similar networks for other chronic diseases.
    • Shari Wade, PhD, plans to use PCORI funds to assess the best way to address problems with self-control and behavior that commonly occur among adolescents after suffering traumatic brain injuries. The project will compare face-to-face therapy with therapist-guided online sessions and self-guided online sessions.

    PCORI is an independent organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund projects that can expand and improve the use of evidence-based information when doctors and families make health care decisions. The organization has awarded more than $464 million to 279 studies and initiatives. Specific funding amounts for the latest projects were not announced pending formal award contracts.

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