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Release: Nov. 17, 1999
Researchers get $1.5 million for translating scientific
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care
researchers have been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to study the effectiveness
of methods to translate scientific findings into nursing and medical care
for elder adults experiencing acute pain. The three-year study will involve
patients older than 65 who are hospitalized with hip fractures.
The research team, led by Marita Titler, Ph.D., will
study how to promote the use of evidence-based guidelines designed to improve
pain management among older people. Titler is director of Research, Quality
and Outcomes Management in the department of nursing and patient care services
at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and director of the Research Dissemination
Core (RDC) of the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center in
the UI College of Nursing. Other members of the investigative team include
faculty from the College of Nursing, the UI College of Medicine and the UI
College of Pharmacy. Research sites include 10 community hospitals in Iowa
and Illinois and two academic medical centers in Missouri.
The study, funded by the Agency for Health Care Policy
and Research (AHCPR), will examine the extent that nurses and physicians adopt
research-based, acute pain management guidelines in caring for patients 65
years and older who are hospitalized for hip fractures.
"We want to know three things," said Titler, a registered
nurse and the study's principal investigator. "One, will doctors and nurses
adopt these guidelines to better manage acute pain in the elderly? Two, how
can we best encourage more health care practitioners to implement these pain
management guidelines? And three, is the use of these pain management guidelines
The guidelines for acute pain management among older
adults are based upon evidence from previous research that demonstrated their
effectiveness. The upcoming study will help determine how to best facilitate
the adoption of the guidelines among health care providers.
"We know that when health care providers base their
practice on findings from previous research, the result is better patient
outcomes," Titler said. "We hope that this study will show us
how to best promote the use of pain management guidelines
more extensively and consistently, thus improving management of acute pain
in the elderly."
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.