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
- 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.