Recommendations of Inpatient Geriatrics Consultation

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Michael Weiner, MD, MPH is a board-certified, fellowship-trained internist. As Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine at Indiana University (IU) and Scientist in The Regenstrief Institute for Health Care (RIHC) and the IU Center for Aging Research (IUCAR), he now spends 70% of his professional time in research. He has an extensive background in information systems, and he has used large databases and studied the impact of information systems in healthcare. Dr. Weiner's 35 months on faculty have been successful because of his talents and training as well his rich environment. The IU School of Medicine Faculty care for a large population of older patients in a state-of-the-art clinical laboratory. Clement J McDonald, MD developed one of the world's largest and most comprehensive medical records systems on site. Christopher M. Callahan, MD is founding director of IUCAR, whose primary research themes are health promotion and the management of chronic conditions among older adults in primary care and community settings. Steven R. Counsell, MD is Director of Geriatrics at IU. Dr. Weiner seeks to pursue a research career focusing on improving coordination and quality of care for older adults. The goal of this proposal is to help Dr. Weiner bridge the gap between his early intramural support and eventual extramural funding as an independent faculty researcher. Dr. Callahan will be the primary mentor, and Drs. McDonald and Counsell will be the secondary mentors. Dr. Weiner will also pursue formal training in clinical geriatrics, quality of health care, behavior change, and clinical trials. Geriatrics consultants provide a team approach and coordination of many services for hospitalized older patients, but the consultants' effectiveness is limited by primary-care physicians' failures to adopt most recommendations. In the proposed study, we seek to measure and improve aspects of implementation of consultants' recommendations. The specific aims of this proposal are to conduct a prospective study of inpatient geriatrics consultation, to identify specific determinants of implementation; present findings and themes to focus groups of physicians and patients, to generate consensus on barriers to implementation and potential solutions to these barriers; and study the effectiveness of a pilot intervention to improve implementation of recommendations from the inpatient geriatrics team.
Effective start/end date7/1/036/30/09


  • National Institutes of Health: $134,139.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $134,139.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $134,139.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $134,139.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $134,139.00


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