Jan 17 2013

Human Capital News Roundup: Electronic health records, advance care planning, myths about 'death panels,' 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:

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, Nurse.com recognized RWJF Senior Adviser for Nursing Susan B. Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, as a “pillar” of the New York/New Jersey nursing community. Hassmiller serves as director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Nurse.com also honored Beverly L. Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN, a member of the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars National Advisory Committee and CEO of the National League for Nursing––one of the organizations leading RWJF’s Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program.

The New York Times reports on a new analysis by the RAND Corporation, co-authored by Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, FACEP, an alumnus of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program and the RWJF Health Policy Fellows program. The analysis finds that “the conversion to electronic health records has failed so far to produce the hoped-for savings in health care costs and has had mixed results, at best, in improving efficiency and patient care.” The article also quotes RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient David Blumenthal, MD, MPP. Read a post Kellermann wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about health care spending.

Investigator Award recipient and RWJF Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar program alumnus Peter Ubel, MD, wrote an article for Forbes about a study he co-authored with RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumnus Brendan Nyhan, PhD, and Jason Reifler, PhD, that finds the “death panel” myth––that the government would decide who was “worthy of health care” under the Affordable Care Act––has persisted, and may even grow with time. The Washington Post Wonk Blog also reported on the study. Read a post Ubel wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

RWJF/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Physician Faculty Scholar Rebecca L. Sudore, MD, recently helped launch an online resource called PREPARE to help people make complex medical decisions. The resource is the result of a study on advance care planning that identified gaps in planning for decisions about serious illness, EndoNurse reports. USA Today also reported on the new website.

As new dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Jane Kirschling, DNS, RN, FAAN, hopes to focus on strengthening the school’s relationship with the University of Maryland Medical Center, and investing in more nursing science and research, the Baltimore Business Journal reports.

The gambling industry has designed gambling machines that encourage addiction by locking players into a trance-like, mechanical rhythm that blocks out everything else around them, according to research by RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Natasha Dow Schüll, PhD, MA. The New York Times reports on her work and book, Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas. Read more about Schüll’s research here and here.

Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar program alumnus Daniel Vinson, MD, MSPH, is the lead author of a study that finds physicians often miss patients with alcohol problems when they rely on intuition alone, rather than relying on a standard screening instrument, Medscape [free subscription] reports.

Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient, gave comments to the Boston Globe about a study that finds doctors often give in to patient requests for brand name drugs, even when the generic is equivalent and less expensive. Kesselheim called the results “not surprising,” because physicians try to please their patients and because there’s limited time to explain why a generic would work just as well.

Investigator Award recipient Eric Klinenberg, PhD, co-authored a guest editorial in the Christian Science Monitor titled “How to Keep Talented Teachers from Leaving.” The authors write about the findings of a study they recently conducted for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to learn “why so many talented people who see teaching as a vocation do not last long in the job.”

A column in The Atlantic reports on a new study by Health & Society Scholars alumnus Jason Fletcher, PhD, that finds young people diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are less likely to be employed or, if employed, earn about 33 percent less income as adults than others in their age cohort.

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