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MU Creates Center for Patient‐centered Research

Announces $4.5 million federal research grant.

The University of Missouri announced Dec. 19 a $4.5 million research grant that will fund the creation of the MU Center for Patient‐centered Outcomes Research. Spearheaded by David Mehr, William C. Allen Professor and director of research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the grant will bring together experts from the School of Medicine, the Sinclair School of Nursing, the School of Health Professions and the School of Journalism to investigate how to help patients and physicians understand which prevention and treatment options are best for each individual.

David Mehr

David Mehr, William C. Allen Professor and director of research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, announces Dec. 19 a $4.5 million federal research grant to create the MU Center for Patient‐centered Outcomes Research. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Our ultimate goal is to help give each patient a stronger voice in his or her health care decisions,” Mehr said. “To that end we’ll place a strong emphasis on involving patients and other stakeholders in framing our research and interpreting our findings, and we’ll train investigators in the process of engaging patients not only as participants but also as advisers in research.”

Funded by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the five‐year grant will support three major research projects:

1. Led by Todd Vogel, associate professor of vascular surgery in the School of Medicine, one project will investigate different treatment options, including open surgery or less invasive procedures, for patients who have poor circulation in their limbs. The results of the study will allow doctors to better help patients choose which method would be most effective for their situation.

2. Another project led by Assistant Professor of Nursing Lori Popejoy, BSN ’93, MS ’96, PhD ’07, will look at how patients are discharged from skilled nursing facilities in order to reduce rehospitalization. Glen Cameron, professor and Maxine Wilson Gregory Chair in Journalism Research at MU, is working on an app called Treepple that “creates health‐news patients can use because it is personally relevant to them; links patients to their family friends and caregivers who can support their journey toward recovery; and provides reminders and personal‐record functions that allow patients to participate in their own positive health outcomes,” Cameron said.

3. Principal investigator Daniel Vinson, MS ’90, professor emeritus of family and community medicine in the School of Medicine, will lead the third project on when to prescribe narcotics to treat chronic pain.

Our faculty collaborates with ease across campus, developing innovations designed to improve the lives of people within and beyond the boundaries of our state,” Interim Chancellor Steve Owens, BS PA ’77, said. “That cross‐pollenization of ideas and expertise makes MU a fertile environment for discovery.”