More than three million Americans suffer from severe emphysema, a form of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). This chronic, debilitating disease causes irreversible damage to delicate lung tissue, leading to shortness of breath and reduced capacity to manage activities of daily living, leading to diminished quality of life.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is collaborating with El Camino Hospital and Fogarty Clinical Research Inc. to conduct a clinical trial to evaluate the investigational use of the RePneu® (pronounced ‘RENEW’) Lung Volume Reduction Coil (LVRC) for patients experiencing symptoms of emphysema. Read More about RENEW Clinical Trial – Evaluating a Treatment for Patients with Emphysema
Lowering medical costs while improving care cannot be achieved unless improvements in healthcare efficiency made at a few pilot sites of an organization can be adopted at all sites. Recognizing this, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) has issued a contract valued at more than $750,000 to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI). The money will fund a study led by Dorothy Hung, Ph.D., M.A., MPH, assistant scientist at PAMFRI, to analyze and disseminate PAMF’s effort to implement the “Lean” management system across the entire organization. This contract leverages ongoing work that Dr. Hung and her team are conducting as part of an internal evaluation of Lean at PAMF. Read More about PAMF Research Institute Wins AHRQ Grant to Study Efficiency Across Large Healthcare Systems
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.