Improving nurse-patient communication in the ICU

The Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative was designed to provide funding for interdisciplinary studies that address critical gaps in what is known about nursing quality and for the synthesis, translation, and dissemination of results to key stakeholders.This project examines the value of a nurse-generated and nurse-led innovation by testing the impact of a computer-based nurse communication training and materials program (SPEACS-2) on patient care outcomes: nursing care quality (coma-free days, physical restraint use, pain symptom management, pressure ulcers, patient/family satisfaction with communication), clinical outcomes (ventilator-free days, ICU/hospital days discharge disposition) and cost. The interdisciplinary research team from the University of Pittsburgh includes nurses, physicians, speech-language pathologists, and biostatisticians.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $297,083.00

Awarded on: 8/25/2009

Time frame: 9/1/2009 - 8/31/2011

Grant Number: 66633


University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, 15261-0001


Mary E. Happ
Project Director