AGS Epidemiology Best Paper Award

Andrew ZulloAndrew ZulloAssistant Professor Andrew Zullow's research won the Epidemiology Best Paper Award at the 2018 American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Many studies have examined the effects of statins after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), but nearly all excluded frail older nursing home (NH) residents and few examined functional outcomes. The effect of statins on muscle pain, muscle fatigue, weakness, and functional decline is controversial and remains unclear.

(Distributed May 22, 2018)

Hospitals affiliated with ACOs reduced rehospitalizations from SNFs

Momotazur 'Shantu' RahmanMomotazur 'Shantu' Rahman“The take home message … is ACO-affiliated hospitals reduced rehospitalizations from SNFs at a faster rate than other hospitals,” Momotazur Rahman, PhD, assistant professor at Brown University School of Public Health, told Orthopedics Today

(Distributed May 11, 2018)

Hip Fractures Lower in Nursing Home Residents with Multiple Sclerosis

Tingting ZhangTingting ZhangHip fractures are common in nursing home residents and associated with functional dependence and elevated mortality. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, immune-mediated and degenerative disease of the central nervous system, characterized by disability progression over time.

(Distributed May 11, 2018)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Kali ThomasKali ThomasKali Thomas, PhD, MA, Assistant Professor, Health Services Policy and Practice receives the School of Public Health's Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

(Distributed April 18, 2018)

Studying a music program for nursing home residents with dementia

Vince MorVince MorWith a new grant from the National Institute on Aging, researchers plan to conduct a randomized trial of whether a nursing home program that involves listening to a personalized music playlist can improve care and outcomes among residents with dementia. “While MUSIC & MEMORY has been introduced to many residents with dementia living in nursing homes over the past few years, there is little systematic data on how the program is implemented nor on how it affects the behavior of the population of

(Distributed April 17, 2018)

Save the Date | October 24 at 4 PM | Annual Katz Lecture

Dr. Richard Besdine, Director, Center for Gerontology & Health Care Research would like to invite you to this annual lecture in memory of Dr. Katz that will take place on Wednesday, October 24 at 4 PM.  This lecture is open to the public and all are welcome and invited to attend.

(Distributed February 2, 2018)

The Relationship Between Psychological Temporal Perspective and HIV/STI Risk Behaviors Among Male Sex Workers in Mexico City

New publication by Omar Galarraga, Associate Professor of Health Services Policy and Practice.  In terms of the theory, time discounting models used in traditional economics may be enhanced by psychological constructs that may more accurately reflect the different effects of temporal perspectives.  This publication is available at Springer Nature as a full-text view-only version at this link.



(Distributed January 31, 2018)

Elimination of Cost Sharing for Screening Mammography in Medicare Advantage Plans

Special Article in The New England Journal of Medicine on January 18, 2018  by Amal Trivedi, Associate Professor of Health Services Policy & Practice and of Medicine.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required most insurers and the Medicare program to eliminate cost sharing for screening mammography.  Conclusion:  The elimination of cost sharing for screening mammography under the ACA was associated with an increase in rates of use of this service among older women for whom screening is recommended.

(Distributed January 18, 2018)

Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Likely To Grow if Medicaid is Cut

"It's very likely that if Medicaid payment rates freeze or decline, there would be adverse effects," says Vincent Mor, a professor of health services, policy and practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. "Nursing homes that can, will get out of the Medicaid business if it's at all possible. Those that can't will try to keep their beds as full as possible and live with a negative margin — and reduce food, reduce staff and try to struggle along."

(Distributed September 29, 2017)

Evacuating frail, elderly people during a hurricane

Associate Professor David Dosa reports “Any time an older individual is exposed to a natural disaster like a hurricane, they end up having adverse events, whether that is mortality, death, or hospitalizations.” 

Professor Dosa looked at the cases of more than 36,000 nursing home residents living in areas hit by four major hurricanes: Katrina and Rita in 2005, and Gustav and Ike in 2008.

(Distributed September 13, 2017)

Improving end-of-life care begins with honoring patient preferences

Professor Susan Miller reports that when it comes to dying in the United States, the interests and inclinations of payers and providers often outweigh the needs of patients, especially when it comes to end-of-life care. Take hospice care for seniors. If Medicare beneficiaries choose hospice care, they lose Medicare coverage for disease modifying interventions, nursing home and hospital care. This isn't much of a choice for patients and certainly doesn't account for their preferences. 

(Distributed September 13, 2017)
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