Redefining the future of health transitions
Meeting the complex health care needs of individuals living with chronic illnesses such as heart failure, diabetes and depression in a person-centered, safe, and efficient manner will be a, if not the, dominant healthcare challenge in the next few decades. Our research agenda focuses on the growing population of chronically ill adults with a specialization on frail, elderly adults and their family caregivers. Members’ implementation of various research methods is now creating a body of knowledge that will directly benefit this vulnerable population.
Congratulations to Barbara Riegel and her team for a new National Institute for Nursing Research funded randomized controlled trial, “Improving self-care of informal caregivers of adults with heart failure,” testing the efficacy of a health coaching intervention delivered virtually using tablets. The ultimate goal of this work is to help caregivers take better care of themselves. Study team: Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Professor of Nursing and van Amerigen Chair in Nursing Excellence; Joyce W. Wald, DO, Associate Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program (Penn Medicine); Karen B. Hirschman, PhD, MSW, Research Associate Professor; Alexandra Hanlon, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Nursing.