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Accomplishments and Impacts Newsletter September/October 2013

CCMR Celebrates 35th Anniversary

CCMR celebrated 35 years of VA health services research in Ann Arbor at the 35th Anniversary Symposium. A number of distinguished guests and speakers joined us to honor our growth, inspiring accomplishments, and lasting dedication to the health and health care of Veterans. We are grateful to our staff, investigators and dedicated partners who are responsible for our success, and we look forward to what we will achieve over the next 35 years!


Eve Kerr was interviewed for a segment of the University of Michigan Coursera course titled, “Understanding and improving the U.S. healthcare system”. More information and a segment of the video can be found here.

Beginning in January, John Piette will start a new appointment at the School of Public Health as Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education and Co-Director of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease in order to further expand his national and international reach. He will maintain an appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine and continue playing an active and essential role in our COIN as a VHA investigator, lead of our Patient Centered Technology Core, and mentor.

In the News

Caroline Richardson was interviewed by the Detroit Free Press about workplace wellness initiatives and providing financial incentives for lifestyle changes.

Sarah Hawley’s work related to women with breast cancer who opt for contralateral mastectomies despite having a low risk of developing cancer in the healthy breast was highlighted by US News and World Report and HealthDay. Paper is in press.

Sarah Hawley’s paper related to doctor/patient shared decision-making and cost-effectiveness was highlighted by M Health System Headlines. Paper

National Conference Presentations

  • Kepreos K, Wiitala, Sales AE, Iwashyna TJ. An evaluation of multilevel poisson sample selection models. Poster presentation. Health Policy Statistics10th International Conference, Chicago, IL., October 9, 2013.
  • Saint S. The art and science of leadership and followership in preventing infection. Opening plenary session. The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, Queensland, Australia, October 1, 2013.
  • Saint S. Implementing and sustaining an infection prevention initiative: tales from the trenches. Oral presentation. The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, Queensland, Australia, October 1, 2013.
  • Saint S. The technical and socio-adaptive aspects of preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection. Oral presentation. The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, Queensland, Australia, October 2, 2013.
  • Schoenfeld AJ, Bader JO, Bono CM. Patient Factors, Co-morbidities and surgical characteristics that increase mortality and complication risk following spinal arthrodesis. Oral presentation. North American Spine Society, New Orleans, LA., October 11, 2013.
  • Schoenfeld AJ, Bader JO, Belmont PJ. The value of the military spine surgeon: prognostications regarding incidence rates and risk factors for spinal trauma in the combat environment. Poster presentation. North American Spine Society, New Orleans, LA., October 9, 2013.

Grants Submitted

Co-PIs: Mark Ilgen and Tracy Secker, NIMH
Title: Increasing mental health service utilization in suicidal adults seen in the ED
Team members: Frederic Blow, Amy Bohnert, Rebecca Cunningham, Myra Kim, Cheryl King

PI: Helen C. Kales, Intramural (UM Global Challenges Grant)
Title: Preparing for the Aging Tsunami: Empowering the World’s Healthcare Professionals to Support Elders with Dementia and their Caregivers
Team members: Mary Blazek, Daphne Watkins, Sonia Duffy, Jane Banaszak-Holl, Gretchen Spreitzer, Laura Gitlin (Johns Hopkins), Constantine Lyketsos (Johns Hopkins), Alice Bonner (Northeastern University), Janet Kavanagh, Claire Stano, Jacqueline Dobson, Kathryn Rockefeller

Grants Funded

PI: Fred Blow, NIAAA
Title: Preventing alcohol/prescribed drug misuse in the National Guard: web and peer brief interviews
Team members: Amy Bohnert, Kristen Barry Haenchen, Mark Ilgen, Marcia Valenstein, Maureen Walton, Lynn Massey, Heather Walters

PI: Mark Ilgen, NIDA
Title: Medical marijuana: longitudinal trajectories in use, pain, and functioning
Team members: Frederic Blow, Amy Bohnert, Rebecca Cunningham, Brian Perron, Maureen Walton, Felicia Kleinberg, Amanda Price, Shannon Skibinski

PI: Jack Iwashyna, IIR
Title: Recovery after in-hospital cardiac arrest: late outcomes and utilization (RESCU)
Team members: Brahmajee Nallamothu, Steven Bradley (Denver), Christopher Bryson (Seattle), Paul Chan (Kansas City), Michael Ho (Denver), Tim Hofer, Ken Langa, Preeti Malani, Sanjay Saint, Anne Sales, Peter Kaboli (Iowa City), Angela Larkin, Jennifer Davis, Wyndy Wiitala, Kyle Kepreos

PI: Sarah Krein, IIR
Title: Identifying and reducing catheter-related complications
Team members: Sanjay Saint, Suzanne Bradley, Carol Chenoweth, Vineet Chopra, Adi Gundlapalli, John Hollingsworth, Erica Hubenthal, Mary Rogers, Barbara Trautner (Houston)

PI: Sameer Saini, IIR
Title: Promoting Veteran-centered colorectal cancer screening
Team members: Steven Bernstein, Jane Forman, Sarah Hawley, Eve Kerr, Philip Schoenfeld, Sandeep Vijan, Stephanie Moser

PI: Marcia Valenstein, IIR
Title: Veteran peer-assisted computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for depression
Team members: Kristen Abraham, Winnetha Benn-Burton (Detroit), Jay Cohen (Battle Creek), Jane Forman, Clayton Nelson, Paul Pfeiffer, E. Brooke Pope (Battle Creek), Kara Zivin, Heather Walters, Dara Ganoczy

Papers Accepted

  • Bohnert ASB, Ilgen MA, Trafton JA, Kerns RD, Eisenberg A, Ganoczy D, Blow FC. Trends and regional variation in opioid overdose mortality among Veterans Health Administration patients, fiscal year 2001 to 2009. Clinical Journal of Pain
  • Bohnert KM, Walton MA, Resko S, Barry KL, Chermack ST, Zucker RA, Zimmerman MA, Booth BM, Blow FC. Latent class analysis of substance use among adolescents presenting to urban primary care clinics. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Chopra V, Latoya Kuhn L, Flanders SA, Saint S, Krein SL. Hospitalist experiences, practice, opinions and knowledge regarding peripherally inserted central catheters: results of a national survey. Journal of Hospital Medicine
  • Darden D, Richardson C, Jackson EA. Physical activity and exercise for secondary prevention among patients with cardiovascular disease. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports
  • Duffy SA, Ewing LA, Welsh DE, Flanagan PS, Waltje AH, Breedveld SB, Young EW. Employee attitudes about moving toward a smoke-free campus at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Journal of Addictions Nursing
  • Gopal P, Yopp AC, Waljee AK, Chiang J, Nehra M, Kandunoori P, Singal AG. Factors that affect accuracy of a-fetoprotein test in detection of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with cirrhosis. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Govani SM, Waljee AK, Higgins PDR. Anti-adhesion therapies and the rule of 3 for rare events. The American Journal of Gastroenterology
  • Howell J, Gaies E., Saint S. Using a novel medical arts program to integrate the art & science of medicine. International Journal of Medical Education
  • Krein SL, Kadri R, Hughes M, Kerr EA, Piette JD, Holleman R, Kim HM, Richardson C. Pedometer based Internet mediated intervention for adults with chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Janney CA, Fagiolini A, Swartz HA, Jakicic JM, Holleman RG, Richardson CR. Are adults with bipolar disorder active? Objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior using accelerometry. Journal of Affective Disorders
  • Reineck LA, Pike F, Le TQ, Cicero BD, Iwashyna TJ. Hospital factors associated with discharge bias in intensive care unit performance measurement. Critical Care Med
  • Singal AG, Higgins PDR, Waljee AK. A primer on effectiveness and efficacy trials. Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
  • Singhal A, Biller J, Elkind M, Fullerton H, Jauch E, Kittner S, Levine D, Levine S. Recognition and management of stroke in young adults and adolescents. American Academy of Neurology


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