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The following research grants, small project grants, conference grants, and National Research Service Awards were funded recently by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Each listing includes the project title, principal investigator, performing organization, project number and dates, and funding. Note that research findings usually are not available until a project has ended or is nearing completion.

Research Projects

Alternative health care delivery models for children
Project director: Christopher Forrest, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS00003
Project period: 9/15/00 to 8/31/04
First year funding: $105,975

Assess and improve the quality of care for low back pain
Project director: Nancy J. Birkmeyer, Ph.D.
Organization: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11288
Project period: 9/15/00 to 8/31/05
First year funding: $89,158

Better pediatric outcomes through chronic care
Project director: Judith Fifield, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11068
Project period: 9/30/00 to 9/29/03
First year funding: $529,821

Centers for education and research on therapeutics (CERTs)
Project director: Brian L. Strom, M.D.
Organization: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10399
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $449,592

Comprehensive outcomes of frail elders in the community
Project director: Kenneth E. Covinsky, M.D.
Organization: University of California, San Francisco, CA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS00006
Project period: 9/30/00 to 9/29/05
First year funding: $52,785

Detailed profile of end-of-life care in Medicare
Project director: Dorcas J. Lynn, M.D.
Organization: RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10561
Project period: 9/30/00 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $313,931

Diabetes education multimedia for vulnerable populations
Project director: Ben S. Gerber, M.D.
Organization: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11092
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $498,990

Economic impact of breast-feeding promotion intervention
Project director: Karen A. Bonuck, Ph.D.
Organization: Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10900
Project period: 9/01/00 to 11/30/03
First year funding: $148,033

Evidence-based decision aids to improve women's health
Project director: Jeanne-Marie Guise, M.D.
Organization: Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11338
Project period: 9/15/00 to 8/31/05
First year funding: $119,542

Health plan responses to medicare HMO premium payments
Project director: Randall P. Ellis, Ph.D.
Organization: Boston University, Boston, MA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10620
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/02
First year funding: $145,644

HMO research network CERT
Project director: Richard Platt, M.D.
Organization: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, MA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10391
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $848,367

Hospitalization of nursing facility residents
Project director: Joan Buchanan, Ph.D.
Organization: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10645
Project period: 9/30/00 to 9/29/03
First year funding: $598,751

Improving outcomes in hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Project director: Pamela Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS00010
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/05
First year funding: $131,268

Improving the delivery of effective care to minorities
Project director: Mark R. Chassin, M.D.
Organization: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10859
Project period: 9/13/00 to 8/31/05
First year funding: $1,077,072

Improving the evidence for unstable angina guidelines
Project director: David A. Katz, M.D.
Organization: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10466
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/02
First year funding: $46,629

MCO use of a pediatric asthma management program
Project director: Michelle M. Cloutier, M.D.
Organization: University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11147
Project period: 9/11/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $297,174

Model for use of the urinary incontinence guideline in U.S. nursing homes
Project director: Nancy M. Watson, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Rochester, School of Nursing Rochester, NY
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11064
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $392,844

New approach to the allocation of decisional authority
Project director: Simon Whitney, J.D., M.D.
Organization: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11289
Project period: 9/15/00 to 8/31/04
First year funding: $125,515

Optimizing risk adjustment for measuring ICU quality
Project director: Laurent G. Glance, M.D.
Organization: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11295
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $113,330

Pediatric evidence-based medicine: Getting evidence used at the point of care
Project director: Robert L. Davis, M.D.
Organization: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10516
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $329,406

Point of care delivery of research evidence
Project director: E. Andrew Balas, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10472
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $509,658

Risk adjustment of 1-year health status outcomes in coronary artery disease
Project director: John A. Spertus, M.D.
Organization: Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11282
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/04
First year funding: $365,157

Smoking control in MCH clinics: Dissemination strategies
Project director: Clara Manfredi, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10544
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $637,805

Tenn-care gaps for children: Asthma clinical outcomes
Project director: William O. Cooper, M.D.
Organization: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10249
Project period: 9/01/00 to 2/28/02
First year funding: $241,318

Two-stage model for colorectal cancer screening
Project director: Sarah T. Hawley, Ph.D.
Organization: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS00007
Project period: 9/15/00 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $70,245

UCLA/Drew/RAND program to address disparities in health
Project director: Martin F. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10858
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/05
First year funding: $334,645

Workplace health benefits and employee health
Project director: Anthony T. Losasso, Ph.D.
Organization: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11294
Project period: 9/15/00 to 8/31/05
First year funding: $68,424

Small Grants

Clinical decision rules for pediatric pneumonia
Project director: E. Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, M.D.
Organization: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11038
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $73,935

Cost-effective nutritional well-being in older adults
Project director: Elizabeth A. Gollub, B.A.
Organization: Florida International University, Miami, FL
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10787
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $31,444

Examination of flexible spending accounts
Project director: Mark H. Showalter, Ph.D.
Organization: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10829
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $28,164

Family influences on children's health and health care
Project director: Whitney P. Witt, M.P.H.
Organization: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11254
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $31,804

Hospital-reported medical injury in children
Project director: Anthony D. Slonim, M.D.
Organization: Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11022
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $81,400

Hospital services areas for pediatrics
Project director: Mark F. Guagliardo, Ph.D.
Organization: Children's Research Institute, Washington, DC
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11021
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $81,223

Is quality care cost effective? HEDIS 2000 evidence
Project director: Peter J. Neumann, Sc.D.
Organization: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10709
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $80,858

Secondary drug prevention of stroke in long-term care
Project director: Brian Quilliam, R.P.H.
Organization: Brown University, Providence, RI
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS11256
Project period: 9/30/00 to 9/29/01
Funding: $31,705

Conference Grants

AMIA 2000 annual symposium
Project director: J. Marc Overhage, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: American Medical Informatics Association, Bethesda, MD
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10115
Project period: 9/01/00 to 2/28/01
Funding: $25,000

Closing the gap: Applying injury prevention science to health
Project director: Stephen W. Hargarten, M.D.
Organization: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10111
Project period: 8/15/00 to 8/14/01
Funding: $30,000

Crisis of academic medical centers
Project director: Henry J. Aaron, Ph.D.
Organization: Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10108
Project period: 8/15/00 to 8/14/01
Funding: $30,000

Dartmouth symposium on pediatric sedation
Project director: Joseph P. Cravero, M.D.
Organization: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10110
Project period: 8/22/00 to 8/21/01
Funding: $30,000

Health care privacy: Measuring performance
Project director: Matthew K. Wynia, M.D.
Organization: American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10928
Project period: 8/15/00 to 8/14/01
Funding: $35,000

Measuring mental health outcomes fairly
Project director: Michael S. Hendryx, Ph.D.
Organization: Washington Institute of Mental Illness Research and Training, Spokane, WA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10112
Project period: 9/15/00 to 9/14/01
Funding: $20,000

National quality forum: First annual meeting
Project director: Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D.
Organization: National Forum for Healthcare Quality Measurement and Reporting, Washington, DC
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10114
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $20,062

Partners in transition: Adolescents and managed care
Project director: Lois Salisbury, J.D.
Organization: Children Now, Oakland, CA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10109
Project period: 9/01/00 to 8/31/01
Funding: $28,563

Small grant program for conference support
Project director: Betty Williams Fomby
Organization: Southern University Center for Wellness, Baton Rouge, LA
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10932
Project period: 9/15/00 to 9/14/01
Funding: $20,000

Women's health conference
Project director: Gwendolyn P. Keita, Ph.D.
Organization: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC
Grant number: AHRQ grant HS10113
Project period: 9/01/00 to 2/28/01
Funding: $20,000

National Research Service Awards

Minority predoctoral fellowship program
Fellow: Matthew F. Hudson, M.P.H.
Organization: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Grant number: NRSA fellowship F31 HS11280; Ann B. Flood, Sponsor
Project period: 1-year fellowship
Funding: $40,360

Prospective computer grouping of reason for ED visit
Fellow: Frank C. Day, M.D.
Organization: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Grant number: NRSA fellowship F32 HS00141; David L. Schriger, Sponsor
Project period: 1-year fellowship
Funding: $42,628

Role of a regular source of care for at-risk youth
Fellow: Tanisha V. Carino, B.A.
Organization: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Grant number: NRSA fellowship F31 HS00150; Chirstopher B. Forrest, Sponsor
Project period: 1-year fellowship
Funding: $33,520

Validation of an EMS triage rule for children in motor vehicle accidents
Fellow: Craig D. Newgard, M.D.
Organization: Harbor-UCLA Research and Education Institute, Torrance, CA
Grant number: NRSA fellowship F32 HS00148; Roger J. Lewis, Sponsor
Project period: 1-year fellowship
Funding: $42,182

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