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Study Findings Dissemination 

As detailed in the CCMR 2014 Annual Report, CCMR investigators (including core and affiliate investigators) published 247 journal articles in the past year (compared to 245 in FY’13), and made 111 presentations (down 30% from last year, in part due to VA travel restrictions) at over 40 different conferences. The following topics were informed by studies by CCMR core investigators and received publicity in various news media. (Those with an asterisk were also included in a VA CIDER publication brief.)

 

Click here for a list of these papers and presentations 

The following topics informed by studies by CCMR core investigators received publicity in various news media:

 

Focus Area 1: Promoting patient-centered and personalized decision making and performance measurement

  • New ACC and AHA guidelines recommend that doctors should not put most people on cholesterol-lowering medications like statins based on cholesterol levels alone. (Hayward, Hofer, Vijan)
  • “Smarter” blood pressure guidelines that consider patients’ risks of heart disease could prevent many more heart attacks and stroke.* (Sussman, Hayward)
  • Study suggests most patients with type 2 diabetes obtain little or no benefit from current treatment for tighter glycemic control.* (Vijan, Hayward, Sussman)
  • Smarter colorectal cancer screening could improve senior health, according to analysis of VA data.* (Saini, Kerr)
  • Study shows low incidence of liability claims against physicians for failure to screen for esophageal cancer. (Rubenstein)
  • Physicians need to balance risk of complications from screening against benefits, even if complications are rare. (Rubenstein)

Focus Area 2: Improving safety and outcomes for the most vulnerable and high-risk patients

  • Good news on the Alzheimer’s epidemic: Risk for older adults is on the decline. (Langa)
  • Experts propose new approach to manage the most troubling aspects of dementia, lessen use of drugs. (Kales)
  • Record number of older adults completing living wills, trend had little impact on hospitalization rates. (Silveira, Piette)
  • Sepsis contributes to as many as half of all hospital deaths in US. (Iwashyna)
  • Only small percentage of Veterans with mental illness access VA employment services.* (Zivin)

Focus Area 3: 3.Enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of patient-self-management and treatment engagement

  • Care partners can have a large positive impact on patients’ diabetes management. (Rosland)
  • Group-based “small-changes” approach to weight loss is associated with greater patient engagement and greater weight gains compared to patients enrolled in MOVE!* (Damschroder, Lowery, Richardson)
  • Long-term care guidelines published for prostate cancer survivors. (Skolarus)
  • Group-based financial incentives may be more effective than individual incentives in promoting weight loss among obese individuals. (Kullgren)
  • How to decrease overuse of low-value healthcare services. (Kullgren)

Click here for recent press releases regarding important findings.