Sep 6 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Nursing environments, value-based care, recognizing signs of violence, 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:

Zachary Goldberger, MD, an RWJF Clinical Scholar, spoke to the New York Times about a study he led that examined the ideal amount of time to continue cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on patients in cardiac arrest. “The study found that patients have a better chance of surviving in hospitals that persist with CPR for just nine minutes longer, on average, than hospitals where efforts are halted earlier,” the story reports.  First published in The Lancet, the study is one of the first to link the duration of CPR efforts with survival rates.  It is expected to prompt hospitals to reconsider their protocols.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar Jason Houle, PhD, continues to receive media coverage for his study that finds students from middle-income families leave school with an average of $6,000 more in student loan debt than their lower-income peers. The students were also more likely to have more student loan debt than their higher-income peers. Among the outlets to report on the findings: United Press International, Bloomberg Business Week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Wisconsin State Journal.

A study supported by the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) finds that “when nurses take steps to intervene in the medication process, they are more likely to catch would-be errors before they reach the patient,” Fierce Healthcare reports. The findings also indicate that a supportive practice environment is associated with a higher quality of nursing care. Read more about the study. reports on some of the 55 schools of nursing that received grants in June through New Careers in Nursing (NCIN), to support students pursuing second careers in nursing. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Learn more about the grants.

Penn Medicine has developed a model to teach medical residents how to practice value-based care, Becker’s Hospital Review reports. RWJF/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholar Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, is co-developer of the program, called VALUE. “Our model can be used to train young physicians to assess the benefits of medical interventions, with the goal of selecting those that generate high value and reduce unnecessary costs,” Patel said.

Medical News Today reports on a study led by Health & Society Scholars alumna Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA.  It finds intentionally unvaccinated students in California may be compromising “herd immunity” and putting other children at risk. Read more about the study.

Medical News Today also reports on a study led by Clinical Scholar Alan Teo, MD, that finds more experienced psychiatrists are more likely to notice signs of violence in their patients than new doctors. The researchers also found that a basic checklist assessment dramatically increased the inexperienced doctors’ accuracy in recognizing the potential for violent behavior.

“Most public high school graduates from Chicago who attend the city’s community colleges increase their odds of eventually earning a bachelor’s degree,” according to a study led by Health & Society Scholars alumna Jennie Brand, PhD, MS. Inside Higher Ed reports that the students from public high schools who would otherwise not have attended college were 93 percent more likely to earn bachelor’s degrees  if they enrolled in a community college.

Health & Society Scholars alumna Sarah Burgard, PhD, coauthored a guest commentary in the Detroit Free Press about the unemployment rate in the Detroit metro area. A longitudinal survey conducted by Burgard and her colleagues has found prolonged hardship for many residents of southeast Michigan in the wake of the Great Recession, including long-term unemployment, dependence on government programs, and food insecurity.

Health & Society Scholar Christina A. Roberto, PhD, commented to Reuters about a study that finds cartoon stickers on fruits and vegetables could make them more appealing to children as snack choices.

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, a member of the Health & Society Scholars program National Advisory Committee, wrote an article for NBC Latino about a survey in which Hispanics cited obesity and a lack of exercise as the biggest health problems for kids.

Tags: Clinical Scholars, Health & Health Care Policy, Health & Society Scholars, Human Capital News, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, Media Coverage, New Careers in Nursing, Nurses and Nursing, Nursing, Research & Analysis