Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Cataloging Efficacy and Costs of Transitional Care Interventions"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Healthcare engineering and healthcare delivery
Project Description:
Care transitions in the U.S. healthcare system pose significant risk of adverse events due to a lack of information coordination, lack of planning, and mis-aligned incentives, among other factors. The high rate of unnecessary hospital readmission among Medicare patients is an area which has drawn particular attention due to pending financial penalties. Practitioners and researchers have looked to so-called care transitions interventions, which supplement the standard-of-care to reduce the risk of adverse care transition outcomes. The purpose of this project is to catalog the variety of interventions that have been developed and tested. Of particular interest are the effects the interventions have on reducing the risk of adverse outcomes, and the costs of implementing the intervention.
Expected Student Contributions:
This project is broken down into four tasks to be completed by the DURI intern: 1. Review existing publications describing and testing care transition interventions, and create saved search email updates to monitor new publications. 2. Evaluate publications for scientific quality using existing scales, and extract information on the intervention implementation details, efficacy, and costs. 3. Aggregate information into a care transitions intervention database accessible by RCHE researchers. 4. Support identification of data elements needed to validate reported efficacy findings and verify implementation details.
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Desired Qualifications:
1. Interest in Healthcare engineering and IT applications in healthcare delivery 2. Previous experience in healthcare and IT in healthcare delivery 3. Ability to read and summarize technical journal articles. 4. Quantitative course work at the college level.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Witz, Steven
regenstrief center for healthcare eng

Student Supervisor

Steve Witz
Director, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engine

Cooperating Faculty

Steven Landry
Industrial Engineering / Engineering
Ji Soo Yi
Industrial Engineering / Engineering