What We Do

Information about current and planned projects funded through the PATIENTS program is provided below. The PATIENTS program is funded through a five-year grant from  the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) [Grant Number: R24 HS22135-01]. The mission of AHRQ is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Improving Heart Failure Outcomes (IHO) in Rural Hospitals

Principal Investigator: Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Improving Heart Failure Outcomes in Rural Hospitals will test a new heart failure intervention in rural hospitals within Riverside Health Systems. The study will look at a new heart failure toolkit and measure provider and patient engagement among a group of rural patients. The toolkit will include interventions that have been successfully used in non-rural settings.

Methods for Selecting Comparator Interventions Using PATIENTS -- Learn More and Get Involved!

Principal Investigator: Susan dosReis, BSPharm, PhD

This study will work to establish methods to help family members compare and choose the best treatment options for loved ones who are unable to make decisions about their care. It will look at family members’ preferences for treatment outcomes among some of the most vulnerable patients, including children and older adults.

Personalized Strategies to Activate and Empower Patients in Health and Health Care

Principal Investigator: Jie Chen, PhD

This project will develop culture-based interventions to empower patients to make decisions about their health that will benefit their local communities and health systems. Findings will help to maintain patients’ involvement in their treatment, reduce health disparities, and improve the efficiency and quality of health care delivery systems.

Patient Perspectives on Hospital Discharge Planning and Transitions to Home

Principal Investigator: Eberechukwu Onukwugha, MS, PhD

This project will look at hospital discharge outcomes, including patients’ discharge plans and transitions from hospital to home, to gather data that can be used to improve hospital discharge plans. The project will use a special tool known as the Wheel of Wellness to interview doctors, nurses, and patients from a wide variety of settings about patients’ discharge from the hospital.