Portfolio

The common theme among the research projects in our diverse portfolio is innovation: in terms of the intervention itself or the pragmatic methods we continually refine when conducting research under real-world conditions in healthcare settings.

Selected funded studies are detailed below as examples of our research. “PIs” are the principal investigators leading each project.

Funder:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
PI:
Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH (Brown University)
Project:
Design and test a “Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship” intervention
Priority area:
Infection prevention
Innovation:
Embedding an intervention in the EHR as decision support is novel and be an efficient approach to wide-spread, sustained change adoption
Additional information:
This project is a task order that is part of a CDC master contract for nursing center research (PI: Rosa Baier, MPH)
Funder:
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
PI:
Lew Lipsitz, MD (Beth Israel Medical Center)
Q&I PI:
Julie Lima, PhD (Brown University)
Priority area:
Hospital readmission
Project:
Video teleconferences between hospital and nursing center providers
Q&I role:
Evaluation 
Innovation:
The ECHO-Care Transitions intervention uses readily-accessible technology to bring expert consultation to nursing center providers and ensure seamless transitions from the hospital to the nursing center
Funder:
Civil Monetary Penalty Funds
PI:
Vickie Moody (LeadingAge-South Carolina)
Q&I PI:
Rosa Baier, MPH (Brown University)
Priority area:
Dementia care
Project:
A statewide learning collaborative to improve culture and dementia care practices
Q&I role:
Independent evaluation
Innovation:
Improving organizational culture may help nursing centers to implement and sustain practices to improve care for persons with dementia, reducing off-label antipsychotic medication use
Additional information:
The intervention is led by B&F Consulting
Funder:
Peterson Center on Health Care
PI:
Vincent Mor, PhD (Brown University)
Project:
Assess how high-performing hospitals achieve better-than-expected outcomes for high-need patients
Priority areas:
Hospital readmissions and cost
Innovation:
Creating change packages based on identified best practices may help hospitals nationwide to improve care for high-need patients
Funder:
National Institute on Aging
PI:
Vincent Mor, PhD (Brown University)
Project:
Implement and evaluate the popular Music & Memory program
Priority area:
Dementia care
Innovation:
Conducting a large pragmatic trial in nursing centers using a combination parallel and step-wedged design is novel and will be applicable for other topics and trials
Additional information:
The lead investigator is Ellen McCreedy, PhD
Funder:
McClung Lighting Research Foundation
PI:
Rosa Baier, MPH (Brown University)
Priority area:
Dementia care
Project:
Assess feasibility of evaluating the impact of lighting on sleep and behaviors
Innovation:
Programmable, tunable LED lights – a particular kind of light fixture that changes in color and intensity to mimic day and night light cycles – may improve circadian rhythm entrainment among persons with dementia
Additional information:
The team includes experts from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, Center of Design for an Aging Society, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Funder:
National Institute on Aging
PI:
Gail Towsley, PhD (University of Utah)
Q&I PI:
Rosa Baier, MPH (Brown University)
Priority area:
Advance care planning
Project:
Videos of residents expressing their preferences
Q&I role:
Nursing center recruitment and intervention fidelity
Innovation:
Using videos to capture and share the preferences of residents with dementia is a novel approach to including residents’ voices in care conference discussions