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NIH awards $2.7-million grant to Kent State to study cognitive impairment in heart failure patients
Date:5/6/2010

nt's ability to remember to take their medications, for example.

"This study will have important practical implications because we will be able to identify which types of cognitive impairment are related to specific problems in self-management to better target how to help these people learn to manage their own illness," said Dr. Mary Dolansky, assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and co-principal investigator of the grant.

"Patient self-management is the concept that chronic diseases can be very complex to manage by yourself," Hughes said. "You have to take your medication, limit your sodium intake, be able to weigh yourself each day, be able to recognize when something changes, and know what to do about it. It is up to the patient to manage themselves. How well you manage your disease affects how well you are going to be."

The grant-funded research brings together experts in medicine, nursing and psychology to take an interdisciplinary approach at studying cognitive impairment and self-management in heart failure patients. Kent State will work with Summa's Akron City Hospital, while Case Western Reserve University will work with University Hospitals. Each site will recruit 200 patients, representing a broad mix of people between the ages of 50 and 85 years old in the Cleveland and Akron areas.

Hughes said this is "a collaboration in the best sense" involving himself, an expert in health psychology; Kent State's Dr. John Gunstad, a neuropsychologist; Dolansky, an expert in patient self-management; Shirley Moore, a professor and associate dean of research and director of the Self-Management Research Center at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; and well-known cardiologists Dr. Joseph Redle of Summa and Drs. James Fang and Richard Josephson, both of Case/University Hospitals of Cleveland.

The study participants will be assessed and monitored. Da
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Contact: Joel Hughes
jhughes1@kent.edu
330-672-7721
Kent State University
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