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Current Projects

Palliative Care Research Program for Older Adults at IFAR ranks among the top 10 percent of long-term palliative care research programs around the world. Major research projects are outlined below.

NIH-NIA R21AG042325
Mitchell (PI)

Title: A Pilot Study of an RCT to Improve Infection Management in Advanced Dementia

Goal: To conduct a pilot study of a cluster randomized trial of a practice intervention to improve infection management among nursing home residents with advanced dementia.

NIH-NIA R01AG043440
Mitchell (PI)

Title: An RCT of an Educational Video to Improve Nursing Home Care in End-Stage Dementia

Goal: To conduct a cluster randomized trial of a video for advance care planning for nursing home residents with advanced dementia.

NIH-NIAR01 AG032982
Mitchell (PI)

Title: Determinants, Decision-making and Outcomes of Antibiotic Use in Advanced Dementia

Goal: To examine determinants, decision-making and outcomes of antibiotic use in advanced dementia.

NIH UH2/UH3 1UH2AT008507
Mitchell (PI)
7/1/14 – 6/30/19                   

Title: PROVEN: Pragmatic trial Of Video Education in Nursing homes

Goal: This is a large pragmatic cluster randomized trial in 400 nursing homes testing the effectiveness of a video decision support intervention to improve advance care planning.

NIH-NIA K24AG033640
Mitchell (PI)

Title: Mid-Career Investigator Award for Patient Oriented Research in Aging

Goal: Supports Dr. Mitchell’s mentoring activities and research program

NIH K23 AG045963
Kramer (PI)

Title: Patient-Centered Outcomes of Implantable Defibrillator Therapy in Older Patients

Goal: This mentored career development award will yield novel data about the clinical course, health care needs, and end-of-life experiences of older patients with Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.

NIH R21 AG045579
Givens (PI)

Title: Caregiver’s Role in Hospitalizing Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia

Goal: Qualitative study to examine decision-making for hospitalization of nursing home residents with advanced dementia from the caregiver’s perspective.

NIH-NIA K23 AG034967
Givens (PI)
03/10 – 03/15

Title: Experiences of Family Members of Nursing Home Patients with Advanced Dementia

Goal: The K23 is a career development for Dr. Givens. She is conducting research relating to the experience of the families of patients with advanced dementia.

National Palliative Care Research Center
Givens (PI)
07/14 – 06/16

Title: Advance Care Planning in Dementia

Goal: This pilot project will test the feasibility of measuring attributes and determinants of advance care planning among patients at 3 stages of dementia (mild, moderate, severe)