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Groups award $2 million for palliative care research to improve care of seriously ill patients
Date:6/21/2011

eing and to assist patients in avoiding futile, aggressive therapies near death.

University of Southern California - Susan Enguidanos, M.P.H., Ph.D. is the Hanson Family Assistant Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. Enguidanos will use mixed methods to study 30 day hospital readmissions among palliative care patients. Characterizing the specific problems encountered by seriously ill patients and families following hospital discharge and palliative care consultation will inform the efforts to improve continuity of care and support the patient's longitudinal palliative needs.

Bronx VA Research Foundation - Melissa M. Garrido, Ph.D. is a Research Health Science Specialist with the James J Peters VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Garrido's current research focuses on mental health care access and quality for individuals receiving palliative care. The research goals of her project are to examine whether depression and anxiety affect likelihood and timing of palliative care consultations for veterans with life-limiting illnesses, and to identify patient and provider characteristics that are barriers to and facilitators of mental health assessment during palliative care consults and to receipt of depression/anxiety treatment following consults.

Indiana University - Kathleen Unroe, M.D., M.H.A. completed internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at Duke University Medical Center and the Durham VA GRECC and is joining the faculty at Indiana University as an Assistant Professor (July 2011). Dr. Unroe will examine the role of hospice in the nursing home setting using secondary data analysis to describe characteristics of nursing home patients who elect hospice, differences between nursing home and home hospice patients, and differences in the experiences o
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