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NIH Council Appoints Bowles

Members of the National Advisory council for Nursing Research are drawn from the scientific and lay communities, embodying diverse perspectives from the fields of nursing, public and health policy, law, and economics.

Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, the van Ameringen Professor in Nursing Excellence and Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has been appointed a member to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR).

NACNR is the National Institute of Nursing Research’s (NINR) principal advisory board. It meets three times a year on the National Institutes of Health campus to provide recommendations on the direction and support of the research that forms the evidence base for nursing practice. An important role of the council is to conduct the second level review of grant applications that have been scored by scientific review groups. In addition, the council reviews the institute’s extramural programs and makes recommendations about its intramural research activities.

“I am really excited to bring over 20 years of experience in conducting and evaluating multidisciplinary research to the table,” said Bowles. “I look forward to supporting cutting edge research, proposed in response to the NINR priorities, which will advance the health and treatment of patients and their caregivers.”

Bowles program of research examines decision making supported by information technology to improve care for older adults. Her most recent study focuses on the development of decision support to determine the best site of care for those needing post-acute care. Other research areas include: telehealth technology, home care, and evaluation of electronic health records. In 2011, Dr. Bowles co-founded RightCare Solutions, a software company based on her team’s NINR funded research that provides an end to end solution for discharge planning and post-acute care referrals.