URMC receives 3 PCORI awards

pcori collageThe Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded 3 URMC researchers with funding. Only 1 other award was made in  New York State, and only 51 across the country. Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD, MS, Ellen Poleshuck, PhD, and Supriya Mohile, MD, MS were given awards to further their work in patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. New funding opportunities will be added regularly to the PCORI website.

Harriet Kitzman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Associate Dean for Research for the School of Nursing, worked with the awardees to organize and streamline the application process, with assistance from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Mohile is a former CTSI KL2 scholar.

Dr. Poleshuck’s project will focus on depression in disadvantaged women, Dr. Temkin-Greener will focus on improving palliative and end-of-life care in nursing homes and Dr. Mohile’s project will focus on improving the chemotherapy communication process in elderly cancer patients.

Dr. Temkin-Greener speaks to the translational nature of her project, “Our prior work  focused on teams and teamwork in nursing homes, and on their association with resident outcomes. In this project, we are able to examine whether palliative care teams produce better palliative and end-of-life care for nursing home residents. This is a great natural extension of our prior research and an opportunity for translating our findings into practice. For our community partners, the study offers access to resources and to learning new skills and implementing them to improve the quality of care. If our findings are positive, we hope to provide other nursing home providers with the toolkit for improving care in their own organizations.”

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