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Sarkar, Urmimala

Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards

Summaries of recently funded projects for Independent Scientist and Mentored Clinical Scientist Development K Awards.

Institution: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Grant Title: Interactive Health IT to Promote Ambulatory Safety Among Vulnerable Diabetes Patients.
Grant Number: K08 HS017594
Duration: 5 years (2008-2012)
Total Award: $703,600

Project Description: This research has three aims:

  1. Leverage an existing, interactive Health Information Technology (Health IT) self-management program to monitor safety among 500 diabetes patients.
  2. Investigate the comparative yield for several surveillance mechanisms.
  3. Evaluate the relevance and severity of adverse events that were identified and the feasibility for prevention/amelioration.

Career Goals: Dr. Sarkar is in a General Medicine Fellowship at UCSF. She received her MD at the University of California, San Diego, and served her internal medicine residency at UC, San Francisco. She earned her MPH in epidemiology at UC, Berkeley. The grantee's long term career goals are to develop health information technology interventions that integrate self-management support with safety monitoring and enhancement.

Progress to Date: Dr. Sarkar continues to be involved in the K-scholars program through UCSF' Clinical and Translation Sciences Institute.; Enrollment efforts continue for the parent study along with follow-up. The PI monitors E-mails generated by case managers regarding potential adverse events. Data collection continues for Aim #2 with about 100 provider surveys obtained thus far. Dr. Sarkar is learning Delphi methods and assembling a panel of experts to address Aim #3. She has had three publications and one is in-press.

Future Plans: Root cause analyses for Aim #1 will be completed. Collection of surveillance data for Aim #2 will continue. Instruments for the Delphi process will be prepared and the participant list will be finalized. The grantee will continue with her reduced effort of clinical responsibilities.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Lipkin Finalist for Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2007.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Scholarship, 1998.

K-Generated Publications: None this far.

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Current as of October 2012
Internet Citation: Sarkar, Urmimala: Summaries of Independent Scientist (K) Awards. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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