Erin Sarzynski, MD, MS       

Integrating Health Information Technology to Develop a Patient-Centered Approach to Medication Management

Principal Investigator: Erin Sarzynski, MD, MS, Department of Family Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU)

Sparrow and MSU’s Center for Innovation and Research awarded a grant to fund the development of a mobile app that aimed to tackle an issue that causes thousands of unnecessary deaths each year.

The $75,000 grant, the first funded by the Center for Innovation and Research, was awarded to Erin Sarzynski, M.D., M.S., of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Geriatrics Division. The grant was used to develop and test a mobile app that streamlined medication management for Patients with chronic illness and encourage adherence to medication regimens...View Full Article

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Bree Holtz, PhD       

Understanding the Transition from Parent Management to Self-Management Among Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Three Perspectives

Principal Investigator: Bree Holtz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Advertising & PR. Dept. of Media & Information, Michigan State University (MSU)

* Subsequent to completion of the pilot project, the team submitted a grant proposal the the American Diabetes Association (ADA) entitled, Using an MHealth App to Transition Care of Type-1 Diabetes from Parent to Teens.  The project was selected for funding.

MSU and Sparrow’s Center for Innovation and Research has awarded nearly $9,000 in project funds to support focus groups in gathering baseline data on adolescents with Type-1 diabetes.  The data will be used to prepare a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Proposal titled: Using an mHealth app to transition care of Type-1 diabetes from parents to teens   Focus groups and interviews will include adolescents with T1D, parents of children with T1D diabetes, and pediatric diabetes nurses who care for T1D children and adolescents. The goal is to better identify what characterizes the transition period between parent management and self-management; what the biggest challenges are, what the communication is like between parents and children, and what a proposed mobile phone app could do to aid in that transition... View Full Article

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    Carrie Heeter, PhD  

A Cybermeditation Toolkit for Hospice and Palliative Caregivers 

Principal Investigator: Carrie Heeter, PhD, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University

Meditation can relieve stress and cultivate caregiver self-regulation skills, improve ability to focus, quality of attention and authentic presence, and modify risk for and relieve symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout. Nearly 80% of hospice nurses are at moderate to high risk of developing compassion fatigue, with serious consequences for personal health and capacity to deliver quality patient care. The prevalence of burnout among US physicians is 22%. Workplace consequences of these conditions include reduced patient and family satisfaction and high absenteeism. The project has been awarded $44,866.00 in order to conduct a feasibility study to test the acceptability and early efficacy of an innovative Cybermeditation Toolkit to combat compassion fatigue and burnout in hospice and palliative caregivers... View Full Article

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Pang-Ning Tan, PhD      

Mobile Tool to Aid Health Behavior Choices

Principal Investigator: Pang-Ning Tan, PhD, College of Engineering, Michigan State University

The goal of the project is to develop and test a mobile application presenting future risks to aid patients’ health behavior choices. Researchers have been awarded $50,000.00 to improve self-efficacy and self-management activities for people with impaired glucose function and who are overweight... View Full Article

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