According to a new study by researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), alcohol consumption by seniors (aged 65 and older) increases their risk for accidents and other serious health problems, particularly in the context of chronic health problems, medication use and poor functional status.
The study’s objective was to estimate alcohol use among Americans aged 65 and older and to compare this use against National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recommendations. Using national survey data from the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the study also assessed alcohol-related health risks for seniors.
Mobile apps may be a fun way to track our physical activities and diet but many of them do not include features that are most likely to lead to long-term behavior change. This is a key finding of a recently published study conducted by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). The study evaluated mobile apps that target primarily nutrition and weight tracking based on strategies commonly used to guide behavior change. The study will be published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
In the United States, rates of overweight and obesity continue to rise. With 61 percent of U.S. adults owning a smartphone, software apps offer a new and promising approach to behavioral lifestyle intervention.
“Given the thousands of apps available that target diet and weight loss, we were very interested to see if the popular ones included features that we know will help people achieve their long-term health goals,” said PAMFRI Assistant Research Physician Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS.
How can primary care delivery be transformed to be more patient centered and at what cost? The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) has been awarded a grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to study these questions. The new study will evaluate the cost of transformation, primary care redesign and program implementation.
Patient-centered care delivery is comprehensive, coordinated and accessible, with a system-wide focus on quality and safety. This model of care emphasizes preventive care – not just reactions to acute medical needs – as well as the effective management of acute and chronic illnesses, and behavioral health needs.
Pilot Research Program to Assess Breast Cancer Treatment Experiences in Santa Cruz County’s Latina Community
PAMF Receives $212,000 Grant from the California Breast Cancer Research Program
The California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) has awarded the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) a $212,000 Community Research Collaboration (CRC) grant to conduct a pilot research project called “Cancer de Mama: Latinas’ Experiences of Breast Cancer Treatment in Santa Cruz County.” The research project will run for 18 months from September 2013 through February 2015.
Meghan Halley, Ph.D, MPH, an assistant research anthropologist at the PAMF Research Institute, and Carla Gomez, MSW, LCSW, the Healthy Breast Campaign’s outreach coordinator in Santa Cruz County, collaborated to develop the research proposal based on Gomez’s outreach work.
Two PAMF Physicians to Receive “Excellence in Healthcare” Award
Local health care and insurance executives will speak about what the Affordable Care Act will mean for Bay Area businesses at a Business of Healthcare panel on Thursday, August 8, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The event is hosted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Richard Slavin, M.D., CEO of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), will address how the medical group that cares for approximately 850,000 Bay Area patients is preparing for health care reform, adjusting to the impacts of the rapid changes in the non-governmental commercial insurance market, and tackling the challenge of providing high quality medical care at a lower cost point – while continuing to provide high quality, compassionate patient care, and health education for the community.
“We anticipate an increase in the number of newly insured patients with a type of insurance that will pay health care providers less for the same work,” Dr. Slavin said in preview of the event. “As a result, we must reinvent our care delivery system to be more affordable in our clinic services while maintaining our commitment to excellence.”
As part of its pursuit of improved affordability, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation has expanded its electronic health records system My Health Online, extended hours of operation of existing facilities, partnered with area safety net clinics and implemented major changes in health care delivery using Lean processes.
Other confirmed panelists include Tomi Ryba, president and CEO of El Camino Hospital; Irene Chavez, senior vice president of Kaiser Permanente; Jeff Hermosillo, senior vice president of Blue Shield of California; and Peter Welch, president of Cigna.
Excellence in Healthcare Honorees
During the “Business of Healthcare” program, several Silicon Valley health care professionals will be honored with the “Excellence in Healthcare” awards, including two Palo Alto Medical Foundation physicians: Latha Palaniappan, M.D. and Ronesh Sinha, M.D., collaborators on PAMF’s nationally recognized South Asian Health and Wellness Program (PRANA), as well as with the PAMF Research Institute and Employer Health Services
Other honorees will include Denise Schoenberger of Pathways Home Health; Dr. Rajan Bhandari and Dr. Keith Fabisiak of Kaiser Permanente; and Dr. Alfred Butner of VA Palo Alto Health Care System.