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Foundation Approved For $14,916 Award by PCORI

Wednesday, August 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Gurgone
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The Home Care Aide Foundation, the training and research arm of the Council, has been approved for a $14,916 award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support a project on the role of home health aides in providing care to older adults experiencing substance abuse.

The Foundation will use the funds provided through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program to build a partnership of individuals and groups who share a desire to advance patient-centered outcomes research focused on home health aides recognizing and intervening with consumers with substance abuse issues and communicating that information to appropriate healthcare providers or family members.

Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop the means to develop community-led funding proposals focused on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). Established by the non-profit PCORI, the program funds three tiers of awards that help individuals or groups build community partnerships, develop research capacity, and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that could become the basis of a research funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.

The stakeholder group funded through this initiative will discuss the role of home health aides in recognizing, reporting, and briefly intervening on situations of alcohol or substance abuse with their consumers.  Existing models of brief intervention and training of other types of health care workers will be reviewed, and translation of these evidence-based programs to the home care setting will be outlined for future comparative effectiveness research. More information on this project can be found online at: http://www.pcori.org/research-results/2016/changing-face-substance-abuse-among-older-adults-what-role-home-health-aides

“Substance abuse is often a private struggle with behaviors that manifest themselves at home,” explained Hayley Gleason, Assistant Director of the Foundation/Council. “Home health aides have a unique, and underrepresented, insight into the lives of older adults. We look forward to working with our partners to develop recommendations to enhance the care these essential workers can provide to elders with substance abuse issues.” 

“The Pipeline to Proposal Awards program is a manifestation of PCORI’s commitment to the meaningful involvement of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders in all our research endeavors,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI's Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer. “It provides support to those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to contribute to the field of comparative effectiveness research. We’re pleased to follow the awardees’ progress as they develop partnerships and begin to form research questions.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.