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Center funding extends research projects beyond initial strategies

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager for the Institute for Public Health

The Center for Dissemination & Implementation at the Institute for Public Health has awarded Pilot, Rapid Cycle D&I Add-on (RADD) and Methods and Measurement (MMADD) funding to three research studies in order to enhance opportunities in dissemination and implementation science.

Our center’s RADD grants fund up to $20,000 in direct costs and enable researchers to rapidly “add on” measurements to an existing research study to better understand barriers or strategies that advance dissemination and implementation. The MMADD mechanism, offered by our center and university partner, the Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control, funds up to $30,000 in direct costs and seeks to support investigators who seek to advance methodological concepts and metascience in D&I research.

The following projects received funding:

Project: Strategies for implementing digital clinical decision support tools to reduce the burden of chronic disease, RADD grant

Primary Investigator: Maura Kepper, PhD, MPH

Summary: U.S. health care systems are often under-prepared and lack workforce and capacity to deliver behavioral health services to those in need. Digital clinical support tools can improve health behaviors, increase care coordination, and guide appropriate treatment for chronic diseases. This project studies barriers and solutions to implementing these digital support tools and will result in a manuscript to be used by those who can benefit from the suggested strategies for deploying digital support tools.

Project: A Novel Framework for Causal Discovery from D&I Factors in the Heart, Lung, and Blood Co-morbiditieS Implementation Models in People Living with HIV (HLB-SIMPLe), MMADD grant

Primary Investigator: Charles Gu

Summary: The field of causal learning, which studies the different methods that people learn the relationship between a cause and its effect, is fast developing  and important to D&I research because of the complex nature of the data and problems that D&I researchers encounter. The proposed research can become part of a “glue” program to energize diverse research groups and to foster and enhance collaborative work in the field of D&I research. The new framework with its visualization tools will directly help advance D&I activities such as data harmonization and transportability analysis of findings – in other words, the framework could help enhance the quality and utility of data and equip decision makers to better understand the benefit of interventions.

Project: As-needed use of ICT with Reliever medication (AIR) for end-users (AIR for U), Pilot grant

Primary Investigator: Cajal Sumino

Summary: Asthma is a common chronic disease and most common among socio-economically disadvantaged groups. Studies show that 30-40% of serious asthma cases requiring ER visits and deaths still occur in exacerbated cases. Community health providers can benefit from having multiple treatment options for mild asthma patients. As-needed use of Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) with Reliever medication (AIR) is a new treatment option for patients with mild asthma which was recently added to the global and U.S. asthma guidelines but it is not currently well known or used among clinicians or patients. This project will develop provider support materials about AIR, strategies and practice workflows to facilitate the use of the new treatment among patients.

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The Center for Dissemination & Implementation at the Institute for Public Health advances the growing body of Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) research methods by building training opportunities and catalyzing newly applied D&I research across health specialties. We work to ensure that the most effective services are delivered in clinical and public health settings.