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Release: Jan. 13, 2003
UI Hospitals and Clinics nursing leader tabbed for federal research review
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently appointed
Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D., associate director and chief nursing officer of University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, to a special panel that reviews health research
Everett will serve on the Health Systems Research Study Section. This is
one of the standing study sections of the Health Services Research Initial
Review Group (IRG). The National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality oversees the IRG.
Another leader in Nursing Services and Patient Care at UI Hospitals and
Clinics also serves the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ). Marita G. Titler, Ph.D., director of Research
Quality and Outcomes Management, began her three-year term of service to AHRQ
Twelve new members recently joined the National Advisory Council for AHRQ.
The council is comprised of 19 members from the private sector and eight ex-officio
members from other federal health agencies.
"These members are an invaluable resource in the ongoing effort to
advise AHRQ on its policy direction and research portfolio," Thompson
said. "Their imaginative and creative leadership will help the agency
achieve its goal of improving the quality of health care services for all
Everett arrived at UI Hospitals and Clinics in January 1999 from Detroit
Medical Center. She also serves as associate dean for clinical practice at
the UI College of Nursing. Everett is currently serving her second term as
treasurer of one of the world's largest professional nursing organizations,
Sigma Theta Tau International, Nursing Honor Society, an international organization
with more than 240,000 inducted members.
"I am honored to have this opportunity to help shape health care research
and policies that not only affects patients across the nation, but those we
serve here in Iowa, as well." Everett said.
Titler serves as the director of the Research Dissemination Core of the
$1.7 million National Institute of Nursing Research-funded Gerontology Nursing
Intervention Research Center. She is also the principal investigator of two
federally-funded studies: a 12-site, $1.5 million study, "From Book to
Bedside: Acute Pain Management in the Elderly," and a $1.3 million study
on "Nursing Contributions to Patient Outcomes in Three Elderly Populations."
Titler's program of research focuses on health services and translational
research among the elderly.
"It is a tribute to the nursing excellence of UI Hospitals and Clinics
to have two members of Nursing Services and Patient Care appointed to the
federal agency that has major responsibility for health services research
and health care quality," Titler said.
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