Jul 19 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Paying patients for tissue donation, intermittent explosive disorder, effect of diet on menopause, and more.

Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows and grantees. Some recent examples:

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, chaired an Institute of Medicine panel that last week recommended soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan undergo annual screenings for post-traumatic stress disorder. The Associated Press and Health Day News are among the outlets to report on the recommendations.

Reuters reports that RWJF Clinical Scholar Katherine Neuhausen, MD, co-authored an editorial in the Archives of Internal Medicine to accompany a study examining the effects of upcoming changes in Medicare and Medicaid payment policies on safety-net hospitals. Instead of penalizing struggling safety net hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and state Medicaid agencies should design incentive programs that reward safety-net hospitals for improving patient experience and quality, they write.

Dominick L. Frosch, PhD, an alumnus of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program and recipient of an Investigator Award, continues to receive media coverage for his study that finds most patients are unwilling to speak up when they disagree with their care providers. Reuters reports on the findings. Read an RWJF Human Capital Blog Q&A with Frosch on his study.

In addition to losing weight, menopausal women may see a reduction in their symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats from a low-fat, fruit- and vegetable-rich diet, Health Day and Emax Health report. The study was led by Health & Society Scholars alumna Candyce Kroenke, ScD, MPH.

The blog of the journal Nature writes about the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora (ICHAD), which convened experts from a variety of fields to discuss the health and social experience of African descendants in the Western hemisphere. Learn more about ICHAD and read reactions from scholars from the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College who attended the conference here.

Investigator Award winner David Meltzer, MD, PhD, spoke to Health Canal about a new care model, funded by a Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.  It uses interdisciplinary teams to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and reduce repeated hospitalizations among the most frequent—and costliest—users of the health care system. Meltzer is also a member of the National Advisory Committee for the RWJF Physician Faculty Scholars program.

A rapid response team that relies on providers already assigned to a patient’s care can provide similar outcomes to a separate ICU-based rapid response team, requiring no additional clinical staffing and preserving provider continuity, according to a study led by Physician Faculty Scholars alumnus Michael D. Howell, MD, MPH. Health Canal reports on the findings.

The Boston Globe reports on an article in Science, co-authored by Investigator Award recipient Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, on the ethics of paying patients for tissue donation, especially in the case of cells or tissues that are taken as part of required medical care.

Rhonda Richtsmeier, MN, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, an alumna of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program and chief of Public Health Nursing for the state of Alaska, spoke to KCAW radio about new fees for children’s health services at public health centers across the state.

The Atlantic featured a study by Health & Society Scholars alumna Katie McLaughlin, PhD, as its “Study of the Day.” McLaughlin’s research estimates that six million adolescents live with intermittent explosive disorder. One in 12 adolescents has persistent bouts of rage that involve property damage and violence toward others, the study finds.

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