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Researchers Earn Grants to Study Patient-Centered Care

Madison, Wisconsin - Patient-centered approaches to follow up care for breast cancer survivors and improving quality of life for kids with Type 1 diabetes will be studied thanks to multi-million dollar awards from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


UW School of Medicine and Public Health researcher Dr. Caprice Greenberg was awarded $1.97 million over three years to create a patient-centered approach to monitoring cancer recurrence or side effects of treatment among breast cancer survivors.


Dr. Elizabeth Cox was awarded $2 million over three years to study whether a ten-minute survey that she created will help families select individually-tailored resources to improve diabetes management and quality of life for the patients and their families.


The Greenberg and Cox awards were among 71 projects awarded from a total of 570 proposals.


Greenberg, Director of the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, said follow up surveillance and care for breast cancer survivors currently is a one-size-fits-all approach.


“We want to develop a system to follow breast cancer survivors that will consider individual risk factors for a tailored approach for each patient,” said Greenberg.


Greenberg and the University of Wisconsin are collaborating on the study with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and the Commission on Cancer.


Cox said children with Type 1 diabetes and their families face many challenges to controlling diabetes and maintaining good quality of life.


“Our preliminary work suggests that taking good care of diabetes can be easier when health care providers offer resources tailored to each family’s specific needs,”


Her study will examine whether families who use the survey to select resources achieve better blood sugar control and an improved quality of life.


Cox, an associate professor of pediatrics, is partnering on the study with the UW Children’s Diabetes Center, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Pediatric Diabetes Program and leaders from the Western Wisconsin Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


PCORI evaluated the proposals based on scientific merit, how well they engage patients and other stakeholders, their methodological rigor and how well they fit within PCORI ‘S national research priorities.


PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, caregivers and clinicians with evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions.

Date Published: 09/13/2013

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