Jun 28 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Depression among nurses, health effects of foreclosures, heat waves, and more.

Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, an alumnus of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program, spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about the risks and benefits of social media in health care. Greysen and colleagues recently surveyed 68 executive directors of medical and osteopathic boards in the United States about violations of online professionalism among licensed physicians. Read more about the study.

One in five nurses is depressed—twice the rate of the U.S. population at large, according to a study led by RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) grantee Susan Letvak, PhD, RN. The study also looked at the impact of nurses’ depression on the quality of care they provide, and suggested that advanced practice nurses and nurse managers are well-positioned to identify depression and refer nurses for treatment. Health Leaders Media and the Cleveland Plain Dealer are among the outlets to report on the findings.

“Government can—and should—assist political scientists, especially those who use history and theory to explain shifting political contexts, challenge our intuitions and help us see beyond daily newspaper headlines,” RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research Jacqueline Stevens, PhD, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times. “Research aimed at political prediction is doomed to fail. At least if the idea is to predict more accurately than a dart-throwing chimp… I look forward to seeing what happens to my discipline and politics more generally once we stop mistaking probability studies and statistical significance for knowledge.”

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Debra Ann Toney, PhD, MS, BSN, FAAN, will carry the Olympic torch through the English town of Kirtlington (near Oxford) in July, KSNV-TV (Las Vegas, Nevada) reports. Toney is one of 22 Americans selected by Coca-Cola, a sponsor of the Olympic Games, to carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Read a post Toney wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

Nurse.com profiled Janice Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN, a nurse researcher and alumna of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows program, as part of a special story on diversity in nursing. Inspired to change racial disparities in breast cancer treatment by the death of her grandmother, Phillips has focused her research on young African American women at risk for the disease. Read more about her work.

Julia Lynch, PhD, an alumna of the Scholars in Health Policy Research program and recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, spoke to American Public Media about how a home foreclosure can affect health. Lynch has been conducting research on the topic with RWJF/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholar alumnus Craig Pollack, MD. Read an RWJF Human Capital Blog Q&A with Pollack about their research.

iHealthBeat reports on a study led by RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumnus Dominick L. Frosch, PhD, that finds patients are increasingly turning to online health care information as a way to be more involved in their own care. The study also finds that despite what they may learn online, many patients are still reluctant to speak up or ask questions of their physician during visits. Read an RWJF Human Capital Blog Q&A with Frosch on the study’s findings.

"There is still some misunderstanding in the general public about food allergy and how serious it can be," RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, told USA Today. Gupta is the author of a first-of-its-kind study that examines the prevalence of child food allergies by geographical region. The study finds children who live in rural areas are less likely to have food allergies than children who live in cities.

WHYY (Philadelphia, Penn.) reports on a gathering of Alzheimer’s experts for a summit in Philadelphia that included RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Jason Karlawish, MD. Read a post Karlawish wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog on the ethics of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease at its early stages.

What kills more people than storms, floods and earthquakes?Philly.com’s The Public’s Health blog asks. The answer: heat. The blog cites a book written by Investigator Award recipient Eric Klinenberg, PhD, about a heat wave in Chicago in 1995 that killed hundreds of people, many of whom were living alone. Read more about Klinenberg’s research on living alone.

A study led by RWJF/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Physician Faculty Scholar Amal Trivedi, MD, MPH, finds the federal government is overpaying for care for “dual-eligible” veterans by more than $3.2 billion a year because it is paying twice to provide the same care—once through Medicare Advantage plans and again through the VA Healthcare System. HealthLeaders Media reports on the findings.

In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health reform law, INQRI grantee Joel Cantor, ScD, director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, spoke to NJBiz and The Record about how the decision will affect New Jersey.

An analysis led by David Asch, MD, MBA, Health & Society Scholars program director, finds that “automated hovering” can help increase patient compliance and save money. “Hovering technology — including cellphones, wireless devices, the Internet — has the advantages of being automatic and offering constant reinforcement. It's also far less costly than traditional hovering, in which health professionals visit, call, and otherwise try to dog the patient into compliance,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Asch and Volpp now have a $4.8 million grant from Medicare to see if automated hovering helps heart attack patients take their medications after leaving the hospital.” CMIO also reported on the findings.

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