Institute Research Awards and Updates 5.18
Study Comparing Self-Management Health Programs for People with Serious Mental Illness Receives $7.5 Million PCORI Funding Award
Dartmouth Institute Professor Stephen Bartels and Assistant Professor Sarah Pratt are c0-principal investigators on a study which is aimed at helping people with serious mental illness better manage their physical health. People with serious mental illness die on average of 11-30 years earlier than people who do not have mental illness. A primary reason for this is that it’s much more common for people with serious mental illness to be overweight or obese and to smoke and less likely for them to exercise or eat healthy—factors which often lead to heart diseases that can cause heart attack or strokes. The study, which recently received a $7.5 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), will compare two self-management health programs for people with serious mental illness as well as a chronic medical condition. One program is Illness Management and Recovery, an integrated physical and mental health self-management program that includes a combination of group sessions and one-on-one meetings with a provider. The other is Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, a group program delivered by peers that focuses on chronic disease self-management. The results of the study will be shared with national organizations, such as the National Council for Behavioral Health and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in hopes that they will help people with serious mental illness, mental health professionals, and others make better decisions about which illness self-management programs to choose.
*PCORI’s Board has approved this award pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract.
Dartmouth Institute Founder John Wennberg to be Honored by McGill University
Dartmouth Institute founder and director emeritus John “Jack” Wennberg will receive an honorary doctorate from McGill University in Quebec —his medical school alma mater—on May 29. Honorary doctorates, awarded during the 2018 Spring Convocation, are the university’s highest honor and awarded to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to their fields and to society as a whole. Wennberg, who is being recognized for his pioneering work in health care delivery and health services research, also will give a talk, “Unwarranted Variation in Health Care Delivery: The Quest to Learn Which Rate is Right” on May 28 as part of The Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lectures (Holmes Lectures) at McGill.
Improving Care for Multiple Sclerosis Patients in U.S.
Dartmouth Institute Assistant Professor and Dartmouth-Hitchcock nurse practitioner Brant Oliver is leading a three-year, national multi-center study of 5,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable and debilitating disease of the central nervous system. The Multiple Sclerosis Continuous Quality Improvement (MSCQI) Collaborative program is in the first year of the study to investigate system-level health care performance variation and improvement across participating MS centers. The goal is to accelerate the rate of improvement in MS care by sharing aggregated data across MS health centers to inform improvement efforts. The MSCQI study will evaluate geographic variations in MS care and test the effect of two different system-level quality improvement interventions.
MSCQI is a collaborative alliance between Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Biogen; DeltaQuest Foundation, Inc., an independent data analytics group; and participating MS centers including Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Multiple Sclerosis Center, University of Vermont Multiple Sclerosis Center, the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Greater Orlando, and Concord Hospital’s MS Specialty Care Program.
Dartmouth Institute Blogosphere
We recommend this blog, written by Dartmouth Institute PhD student Catherine “Katie” Saunders, profiling Ann Bradley, a retired nurse, breast cancer survivor, and very special team member of the What Matters Most research team.
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Katie Saunders is a PhD student focused on patient communication and shared decision making. Her dissertation research concerns care and communication when someone is seriously ill and facing choices about life-sustaining treatments. Life-sustaining treatments are interventions that keep a person alive when he or she would otherwise die, like cardiopulmonary resuscitation or mechanical ventilation. She is working to understand how communication interventions like patient decision aids affect these complex, emotion-laden decisions, particularly given patients' vulnerability near death. And how these interventions become integrated and sustained in routine hospital care. She is also developing a measure of serious illness experience and a conversation guide to help seriously ill people and their clinicians work together to decide what is important to discuss. Saunders received her AB from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont where she studied sociology. She received her MPH from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Policy & Clinical Practice.