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Thanks to advances in genetics, biochemistry, and behavioral studies, a field long considered a secondary science is getting its due. And Penn Nursing faculty and students are taking the lead.

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  • New Decision Support Tool Improves Discharge Outcomes

    In an effort to lessen readmission risk after discharge and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, hospital-based clinicians are more intentionally planning discharge of those who require post-acute care (PAC). Yet, although hospital clinicians strive to effectively refer patients who require PAC, their discharge-planning processes often vary greatly and typically are not evidence-based.

  • Breaking the Cycle of Despair for People with Dementia

    In their new book, Better Living with Dementia: Implications for Individuals, Families, Communities, and Societies, Penn Nursing’s Nancy Hodgson and Drexel’s Laura Gitlin dissect the challenge of living with the disease for individuals who have it, and for their caregivers. You can meet the authors at the book’s launch event on Wednesdy, November 28, 2018 (5 to 8 PM) in the Mitchell Auditorium on the Drexel University campus.

  • Patient Safety in Hospitals Still a Concern

    Two decades ago, a landmark study by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) highlighted the prevalence of medical errors and called for a national commitment to reduce patient harm. Despite substantial investment by government and private institutions to increase patient safety, progress has been slow and uneven. A new study, published today in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs, sheds light on what more can be done.

  • Nursing Science Could Help Reduce Firearm Violence and Its Impact

    Firearm violence is a significant public health problem worldwide. In the United States, firearms are used to kill almost 100 people daily. Yet despite the staggering impact of firearm violence, there is limited research directed at preventing or addressing its impact on individuals, families and communities. 

  • Two Apps Target Cancer Risk in Marginalized Populations

    Two tech-based mobile health interventions aim to reduce the cancer risk among women in marginalized populations. The apps, “Everhealthier Women” and “NowIKnow,” focus on preventive health actions including the HPV vaccine.

  • Staging the Plague

    Students training in a variety of health professions worked in interdisciplinary teams to come up with comprehensive solutions to protect public health through a simulated outbreak scenario, held in Fagin Hall and dubbed PennDemic.

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