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The International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) held Oct 25 -28, 2015 in New Orleans, LA. has invited submissions for proposed presentations.Hosted by The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, ICCH 2015 provides a learning community to foster scholarship, education, and interprofessional collaboration to advance knowledge and innovation on communication in healthcare. Submission Deadline: April 24, 2015. Potential topics of interest: -Teaching and evaluating clinical communication skills -Patient education and health behavior change -Shared decision-making and patient/family engagement -Patient-Centered ...
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It’s an exciting time of year with several upcoming opportunities to engage with members of the Translation and Communications Interest Group at AcademyHealth. Read on for more details: 1. Two days left! Submit your abstracts for the Translation & Communication Interest Group Meeting at the 2015 ARM Deadline: Thursday, January 29 at 5:00 pm ET We invite submission of abstracts for panel or individual presentations, and poster presentations. We are interested in presentations that focus on practical ways to understand, translate, and communicate research findings to meet the needs of various audiences, including improving the ...
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With the deadline to submit abstracts for the 2015 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting approaching, I would like to share a few tips for submitting an abstract. Each reviewer prioritizes different aspects of an abstract and grades in slightly different ways, but below are a few general things to keep in mind. Keep the grading criteria in mind While reading an abstract, reviewers will grade based on the following criteria – Quality and originality; Potential significance to disciplinary theory or application to health services management, policy or clinical practice; Timeliness; Clarity of writing and presentation; ...
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I was thrilled to be selected as an AcademyHealth DSSF Fellow. I know this fellowship will provide the best opportunity for me to continue my research in health care disparities at prestigious health care organizations and to receive unique training in health care system-embedded research. At the end of this very productive fellowship year, I have gained more than I expected, in large part due to the commitment, encouragement, and support of the AcademyHealth DSSF program and my host site, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). Everyone involved in the program is committed to helping Fellows become the next successful generation of scientists ...
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The Office of the Child Advocate for the State of Connecticut report on the Sandy Hook shooting that took 27 lives including 20 school children highlights critical gaps in our mental health system for children. As this report clearly states, a siloed system in which education, health, mental health and social services work parallel to one another with little or no coordination creates perilous gaps for children and their families. The report makes recommendations in key areas including screening, coordination, information sharing, training, workforce development and greater supports for families and children. Connecticut is responding by working to close those ...
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Debate continues on how to best shape the future of graduate medical education, especially in light of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)'s report released this past July. A recent Health Affairs blog post , " Teaching Health Centers: An Attainable, Near-Term Pathway To Expand Graduate Medical Education " proposes a targeted expansion of graduate medical education (GME) in the United States—which the authors suggest diverse stakeholders could agree on—to meet immediate needs for primary care across the country. The proposal focuses on expanding existing GME programs that can rapidly respond to the increases in demand for care, particularly in traditionally ...
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The DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities is establishing a team of consultative experts to serve as advisors to trainees and junior faculty members. They are currently taking applications from individuals who seek guidance from experts within the interest area of child health disparities research. Requests may pertain to any aspect of child health disparities research (pre-study stage, active study stage, and post-study stage). For more information go to http://www.huhealthcare.com/education/schools-and-academics/medicine/research/~/media/Files/research/Consultative%20Expert%20RFA%20Sept_2014.ash
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Ever since the announcement of my Senior Scholar in Residence came out, people have been asking – what do Senior Scholars in Residence do? Well – in short – it’s possible to get involved in a lot of different things at AcademyHealth. One of my goals for my Senior Scholar in Residence at AcademyHealth is to better understand how organizations like AcademyHealth can help bridge the academic dialogue gap with policymakers. I recently helped plan and participated in a small invitational meeting of researchers, research funders, policymakers and other stakeholders convened by AcademyHealth and the ABIM Foundation to identify, stimulate, and disseminate ...
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Hilary Barnes, Ph.D., CRNP - @HBarnesPhD Shweta Singh, MSN, RN - @ShwetaBeta The concept of team-based care is garnering more attention as the demand for primary care services increases with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as with an aging and growing population. Healthcare delivery is becoming more complicated with an increase in the number of people living with chronic illnesses and an escalating use of technology. A paper from an Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Healthcare highlights the urgent need for high-performing teams that are “now widely recognized as an essential tool for constructing ...
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Throughout the enactment and ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the notion of healthcare value has taken center-stage. However, policy has outpaced the scientific understanding and measurement of value. Pay-for-performance initiatives that aim to financially incentivize value focus on process and outcome measures. The current approach does not address the contributions of the broad array of inpatient care providers. Process measures (ie. aspirin on arrival for patients presenting with an acute myocardial infarction) are not only narrow in clinical scope - which can lead to providers prioritizing certain aspects of care over others ...
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Amy Estlund (aestlund@slu.edu), a doctoral student in health behavior at Saint Louis University, and I are working on qualitative and quantitative studies about bullying prevention. As part of her dissertation research, Amy is conducting interviews with local high school administrators about acceptance of LGBT youth in their communities. Amy put together a nice description of the topic with some questions for the child health services research community: Antibullying policies first appeared on the political agenda in 1999, after the shootings and deaths at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. 10 Since then, 49 states have passed laws requiring ...
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Michael Huetsch (mhuetsc1@slu.edu), an MHA student at Saint Louis University, is designing research projects to study compassion fatigue and strategies for its alleviation in the pediatric setting. What are the unique challenges of compassion fatigue in pediatric settings? How can the needs of this population best be met by current or new compassion fatigue alleviation programs? What data is needed to better study compassion fatigue and evaluate interventions that could address it? What can be done at the federal or state government level and what can be done at the community or local clinic level? Michael describes some of his thoughts below. from Michael ...
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First Presentation at the Q&V meeting is a continuation/ joint session of the HIT am session. AcademyHealth Quality and Value Interest Group Meeting Saturday, June 7, 2014, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm San Diego AGENDA 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Amy Heller, UMWA Health and Pensions Fund Chair, Quality and Value Interest Group 2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Improving Outcomes Using EHR /Joint Session with HIT Interest Group This session will build on of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Interest Group Panel, which explores ...
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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago has a nice video about child health policy, human development, and education. The material and discussion is broad and interdisciplinary, including conversations of determinants of child health outcomes, social and emotional learning, and policy investment strategies: http://youtu.be/ba41eC_Xuyc
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I came across an intriguing article by Kelley M. et al. "Values in Translation: How Asking the Right Questions Can Move Translational Science Toward Greater Health Impact", C lin Transl Sci. Dec 2012; 5 (6) : 445–451 (full text a vailable at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3561695/ ). The authors state that current approaches to research translation are fairly disappointing (small gains in real population health outcomes despite huge investments in basic and translational science) and they identify value questions involving ethical, social, economic, and cultural components to promote stakeholder discussions, facilitate handoffs along the ...
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Implementation Science – a call for papers on evidence-based de-implementation Abandoning ineffective medical practices and mitigating the risks of untested practices are important for improving patient health and containing health care costs. This process previously relied on evidence base, societal values, cultural tensions, and political sway. This thematic series aims to propose a conceptual framework to guide and prioritize this process, shifting emphasis toward the principles of evidence-based medicine. Read more about the topic in this highly accessed editorial by Vinay Prasad and John Ioannidis: Evidence-based de-implementation ...
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Keep it Simple This interview with Alan Alda in the New York Times is fascinating. While you may remember Mr. Alda for his role on M*A*S*H*, these days he’s on a mission to help scientists better communicate. “Over the years, I must have done around 700 of these interviews [for the TV program Scientific American Frontiers], and I felt that in doing them I had stumbled onto something that could help solve a big problem the science community faces...Scientists often don’t speak to the rest of us the way they would if we were standing there full of curiosity. They sometimes spray information at us without making that contact that I think ...
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What I mean, about not fitting in, is that I have never been a researcher, academic, methodologist, statistician, clinician, or health economist. I have never worked for HHS, CMS, FDA, GAO, IOM, or CDC. BUT. I have had the pleasure, over the past 20 years or so, of being a fly-on-the-wall of outcomes research and health policy. During my work with medical and health organizations, I've had the pleasure of observing, participating in, and even facilitating gatherings of thinkers and do-ers in this remarkable field -- or fields, actually. That has ranged from listening-in on the original rumblings about outcomes research in the late 1980s at IOM, to organizing ...
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I wanted to share this news release from RWJF that announces a new website, FinancialHelpforHealth.org. They also have a really great video about this too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MUrrncuVNDU. The website is part of a national effort to raise awareness of the financial resources available to help millions of Americans purchase health coverage through the insurance marketplaces. The site and its resources aim to educate consumers about the financial help available to them, including tax credits and subsidies, to help lower the cost of health insurance. The website features: · Testimonials from people who are already ...
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Folks from the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research and the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago saw a way to make valuable information more readily available to busy rehab clinicians who don’t always have the time or resources to be scanning journals for new evidence and translating it to clinical practice. They developed an online knowledge translation tool called the Rehabilitation Measures Database . The idea of hand-curating a collection of important information for these clinicians (and making it available online, for free) got me thinking about how this sort of activity might work in other settings? What do you think? Just last ...
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