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AHCPR funds new projects

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research has awarded new research and conference grants, as described below. Please note that investigators generally do not publish findings until a study has ended or is nearing completion.

Research Grants/Cooperative Agreements

Adult global quality assessment tool
Prin. investigator: Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Ph.D.
Organization: RAND
Santa Monica, CA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09463
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $499,999

Analysis of physician referrals of Medicare patients
Prin. investigator: Bruce C. Stuart, Ph.D.
Organization: Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09439
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $193,036

Clinical performance measures for dental care plans
Prin. investigator: James D. Bader, D.D.S.
Organization: University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09453
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $156,551

Computerized decision support for posttransplant care
Prin. investigator: Keith M. Sullivan, M.D.
Organization: Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center
Seattle, WA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09407
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $494,552

Couples' preferences for prostate cancer screening
Prin. investigator: Robert J. Volk, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Texas
Galveston, TX
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08992
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $307,637

Depression care using computerized decision support
Prin. investigator: Bruce L. Rollman, M.D.
Organization: University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09421
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $197,643

Developing and testing asthma quality of care measures
Prin. investigator: Yvonne M. Coyle, M.D.
Organization: University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09461
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $262,796

Dissemination of guidelines for pneumonia length
of stay

Prin. investigator: Michael J. Fine, M.D.
Organization: University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08282
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $366,755

Economics of spend-down to Medicaid
Prin. investigator: Edward C. Norton, Ph.D.
Organization: University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09515
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $196,831

Effective organization of adolescent health services
Prin. investigator: Jonathan D. Klein, M.D.
Organization: University of Rochester
School of Medicine,
Rochester, NY
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08192
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $158,929

Evaluating computer decision support for preventive care
Prin. investigator: Stephen M. Downs, M.D.
Organization: University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09507
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $359,150

Family linkages supporting hyperbilirubinemia guidelines
Prin. investigator: Charles Jay Homer, M.D.
Organization: Children's Hospital
Boston, MA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09390
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $263,836

Functional outcomes in patients with hip fractures
Prin. investigator: Albert L. Siu, M.D
Organization: Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09459
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $498,386

Health education in an HMO: Effectiveness and efficiency
Prin. investigator: Ronald W. Toseland, Ph.D
Organization: SUNY at Albany
Albany, NY
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08641
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/00
First year funding: $306,125

Hysterectomy and dysfunctional uterine bleeding
Prin. investigator: Sarah E. Fowler, Ph.D
Organization: Henry Ford Health
Sciences Center
Detroit, MI
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09502
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $717,878

Interactive, guideline-based decision support on the Web
Prin. investigator: David F. Lobach, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09436
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $281,527

Managed care and the primary-specialty care interface
Prin. investigator: Barbara Starfield, M.D.
Organization: Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09377
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $413,066

Measuring quality by achievable benchmarks of care (ABC)
Prin. investigator: Catarina I. Kiefe, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: University of Alabama
Birmingham, AL
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09446
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $342,179

Medicine or surgery?
Prin. investigator: Stephen B. Hulley, M.D.
Organization: University of California
San Francisco, CA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09478
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $1,203,899

Nephrologist care and outcomes in renal insufficiency
Prin. investigator: Jerome L. Avorn, M.D.
Organization: Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09398
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $332,047

Office systems to improve preventive care for children
Prin. investigator: Peter A. Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08509
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/00
First year funding: $485,945

Ongoing development and evaluation of HEDIS measures
Prin. investigator: Arnold M. Epstein, M.D.
Organization: Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09473
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $637,046

Outcomes of lower respiratory infection in nursing home residents
Prin. investigator: David R. Mehr, M.D.
Organization: University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08551
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $833,818

Pediatric asthma care PORT-II
Prin. investigator: Kevin B. Weiss, M.D.
Organization: Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's
Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08368
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/30/01
First year funding: $1,280,636

Patterns of referral and care for children on Medicaid
Prin. investigator: James M. Perrin, M.D.
Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09416
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $125,229

Prevention and competing demands in primary care practice
Prin. investigator: Benjamin F. Crabtree, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Nebraska
Medical Center
Omaha, NE
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08776
Period: 9/30/96 TO 9/29/99
First year funding: $439,209

Quality of care measures for cardiovascular patients
Prin. investigator: Barbara J. McNeil, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09487
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $762,237

Quality outcomes in subacute and home care programs
Prin. investigator: John N. Morris, Ph.D.
Organization: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
for the Aged
Boston, MA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09455
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/30/99
First year funding: $350,679

Referrals in primary care
Prin. investigator: Peter Franks, M.S.
Organization: Primary Care Institute
Rochester, NY
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09397
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/30/98
First year funding: $236,350

Right heart catheterization: Outcomes and effectiveness
Prin. investigator: Alfred F. Connors, M.D.
Organization: University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09518
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $372,612

Specialty care in closed vs. open access HMOs
Prin. investigator: Jose Escarce, M.D
Organization: University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09414
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $367,635

Specialty referrals among California physician groups
Prin. investigator: Joseph V. Selby, M.D.
Organization: Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09372
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $392,340

State service contingent programs for health providers
Prin. investigator: Donald E. Pathman, M.D.
Organization: University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09165
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $203,763

Strategies for care of the very-low-birthweight infant
Prin. investigator: Nigel S. Paneth, M.D.
Organization: Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08385
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/99
First year funding: $464,053

Surgical treatment outcomes project for dysfunctional uterine bleeding
Prin. investigator: Kay Dickersin, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09506
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $1,377,005

Unmet need and use of vision care by Medicare beneficiaries
Prin. investigator: Carol Mangione, M.D.
Organization: UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09424
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $352,177

Value of future health and preventive health behavior
Prin. investigator: Gretchen B. Chapman, Ph.D.
Organization: Rutgers, State University
of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09519
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/97
Funding: $194,913

Small Grants

Alternative therapies for back pain: A randomized trial
Prin. investigator: Daniel C. Cherkin, Ph.D.
Organization: Group Health Cooperative
of Puget Sound
Seattle, WA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09351
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $63,969

Assessment of functional health status among elderly Chinese
Prin. investigator: Xinhua Steve Ren, Ph.D.
Organization: New England Medical Center
Boston, MA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09352
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/97
Funding: $80,535

Developing an ongoing collaboration with Vanderbilt
Prin. investigator: P. Anthony Chapdelaine, M.D.
Organization: Metropolitan Nashville/
Davidson County Health
Department
Nashville, TN
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09359
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/97
Funding: $34,902

Effects of Medicaid policy on dentist participation
Prin. investigator: Michelle L. Mayer, B.S.C.N.
Organization: University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09330
Period: 9/1/96 to 8/31/97
Funding: $31,808

Evaluation of ischemic heart disease in Monroe County
Prin. investigator: Alvin I. Mushlin, M.D.
Organization: University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09358
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/97
Funding: $39,481

Flexible spending accounts and health insurance decisionmaking
Prin. investigator: Matthew L. Maciejewski, B.S.
Organization: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09341
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/97
Funding: $29,662

Integrated care pathway for venous thromboembolism
Prin. investigator: Brenda K. Zierler, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09348
Period: 9/30/96 to 2/28/98
First year funding: $49,005

Massachusetts General Hospital/City of Chelsea asthma collaborative
Prin. investigator: Elisha Atkins, M.D.
Organization: General Hospital Corporation
Revere, MA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09357
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/97
Funding: $25,199

Model of the RN labor supply in Western New York
Prin. investigator: Carol S. Brewer, Ph.D.
Organization: SUNY at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09353
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $51,210

Ownership and the behavior of women's health centers
Prin. investigator: Amal J. Khoury, M.P.H.
Organization: Johns Hopkins School of Public
Health and Hygiene
Baltimore, MD
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09328
Period: 9/1/96 to 8/31/97
Funding: $27,315

Patterns of care and costs among TMD patients in an HMO
Prin. investigator: Alex B. White, D.D.S.
Organization: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Portland, OR
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09347
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/98
First year funding: $40,763

Predicting physicians' medical malpractice experience
Prin. investigator: Derek Anthony Weycker, Ph.D.
Organization: Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09340
Period: 9/1/96 to 8/31/97
Funding: $32,400

State anti-divestiture programs and their effectiveness
Prin. investigator: John A. Nyman, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Project no: AHCPR grant HS08171
Period: 9/30/96 to 5/30/97
Funding: $73,310

System performance and quality of care of elderly trauma patients
Prin. investigator: Matthew Huei-Ming Ma, M.D.
Organization: Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09343
Period: 9/1/96 TO 8/31/97
Funding: $31,102

Conference Grants

AAMC HSR institute for minority faculty
Prin. investigator: Herbert W. Nickens, M.D.
Organization: Association of American
Medical Colleges
Washington, DC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09262
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/00
First year funding: $219,304

Communicating with patients about technology choices
Prin. investigator: Jeffrey Charles Lerner, Ph.D.
Organization: Emergency Care Research
Institute
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09354
Period: 9/30/96 TO 9/29/97
Funding: $50,000

Conference for breast cancer patients
Prin. investigator: Robert A. Barnett, M.D.
Organization: International Cancer Alliance
Bethesda, MD
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09355
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/97
Funding: $10,420

Forum on self-care and demand management
Prin. investigator: Jordan H. Richland, M.P.H.
Organization: Partnership for Prevention
Washington, DC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09356
Period: 9/30/96 to 5/30/97
First year funding: $49,845

Workshop on community-based quality improvement
Prin. investigator: David Brian Lee, M.A.
Organization: Center for Clinical Quality
Evaluation
Washington, DC
Project no: AHCPR grant HS09360
Period: 9/30/96 to 9/29/97
Funding: $49,885

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