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:
National Institute on Aging
PI:
Vince Mor (Q&I) and Susan Mitchell (Hebrew SeniorLife)
Priority area:
Dementia care
Project:
Establish a collaborative research incubator, the IMPACT Collaboratory, to fund and support non-drug dementia intervention studies in all care settings
Q&I role:
Co-leading the Collaboratory and its national working groups, in partnership with HebrewSeniorLife
Innovation:
National research infrastructure is necessary to accelerate the pace of embedded pragmatic clinical trials to improve care for persons living with dementia and their families. The Collaboratory funds and provides expert assistance to non-drug dementia pilot studies, while developing and broadly disseminating best practices for the conduct of such research.
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