UC Berkeley, UC Davis among recipients.
Two University of California research projects have been approved for funding in the latest round of awards by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
A research project led by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was approved for a $2.1 million award to study improving health for individuals with diabetes. Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean Heather M. Young will lead the research project at UC Davis. The study will focus on individuals with diabetes and determine if innovative approaches, including mobile technology and nurse coaching, help those people better manage the chronic disease.
Young noted that researchers from other centers and organizations — including the UC Center for Information Technology Research for the Improvement of Society (CITRIS), the UC Davis Clinical Translational Science Center and the Initiative for Wireless Health and Wellness at UC Davis — contributed to foundational research for this study and will play important roles in completing this three-year project.
Also, a research project led by the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health was approved for a $2.1 million award to study the delivery of care to patients with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Under the leadership of professors Stephen Shortell and Hector Rodriguez, center researchers will study the impact of patient activation and engagement in two large accountable care organizations — Advocate Health Care in Chicago and HealthCare Partners in Los Angeles. The study will see whether patients with diabetes or cardiovascular diseases who receive care from practices that more fully involve their patients have better clinical outcomes and satisfaction with their care than those that do not.
The studies are two of 33 proposals PCORI approved for $54.8 million in funding this week to advance the field of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research and provide patients, health care providers, and other clinical decision makers with information that will help them make better-informed choices.
Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health and PCORI joined together to support a clinical trial to test individually tailored interventions to prevent fall-related injuries. That award, made by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging and funded by PCORI as part of the two organizations’ Falls Injuries Prevention Partnership, is expected to total $30 million over the five-year project.