Piper Probst, DNP, RN-BC

Alarm Safety Intervention Funded by the Center for Innovation and Research

Primary Investigator: Piper Probst, DNP, RN-BC, Director, Nursing Practice, Research & Outcomes, Sparrow Health System

MSU and Sparrow’s Center for Innovation and Research has awarded $25,000 in project support to study ways to improve alarm safety, a health care priority across the nation.

The study will investigate alarm safety interventions in Sparrow’s Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU). As more monitoring equipment is used, there is an increase in alarms, which can result in alarm fatigue or desensitization—especially if the majority of alarms are false alarms or nuisance alarms.... View Full Article


Rajiv Ranganathan, PhD  

Stroke Rehabilitation Assessment Funded by the Center for Innovation and Research

Primary Investigator: Rajiv Ranganathan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology/Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University and Sparrow have been awarded $50,000 by the Center for Innovation and Research to study ways to improve stroke rehabilitation. The study, led by Rajiv Ranganathan of the MSU College of Education, will utilize a virtual reality environment to examine if its uses could benefit stroke Patients undergoing rehabilitation. “The importance of this study is reflected in terms of the underlying problem,” Ranganathan, assistant professor of kinesiology at MSU, said. “Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and we still don’t have good, effective ways to quantify or treat movement deficits in stroke survivors. By using recent advances in technology, we are hoping that this study can at least provide a stepping stone toward that goal.” The virtual reality system measures movements with high precision, which are then translated into a game-like interface...View Full Article

Daniel Menchik, PhD

Hospital readmission study co-funded by the Center for Innovation and Research and Science Studies @ State (S3)

Primary Investigator: Daniel Menchik, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University and Sparrow have been awarded $12,000 by the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research and Science Studies @ State (S3) to study what social and medical factors play a role in Patient recovery and hospital readmissions. The study, led by Daniel Menchik, PhD, of MSU’s Lyman Briggs College and Department of Sociology, will focus on orthopedic surgery Patients to track which Patients are readmitted and for what reasons... View Full Article

Carrie Heeter, PhD   

A Cybermeditation Toolkit for Hospice and Palliative Caregivers 

Primary 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

Pang-Ning Tan, PhD   

Mobile Tool to Aid Health Behavior Choices 

Primary 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

Nazia Naz S. Khan, MD, MS 

Improving Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Adherence in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Impact of Patient and Family Engagement

Primary Investigator: Nazia Naz S. Khan, MD, MS, College of Human Medicine, Department of Medicine, Michigan State University 

A randomized control parallel group clinical trial study to assess the impact of patient and family engagement in improving continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) adherence in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Researchers have been awarded $50,000.00  to assess the impact of shared decision-making, patient activation, family engagement on CPAP adherence and satisfaction with decision... View Full Article

Susan Dunn, PhD, RN, College of Nursing   

Hopelessness and Physical Activity in Racial Minority Patients with Heart Disease

Primary Investigator: Susan Dunn, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, College of Nursing, Michigan State University

  Hopelessness is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Physical inactivity is additionally responsible for increased cardiovascular events and death. Most individuals with CHD do not meet current exercise guidelines, and hopeless individuals are at particularly high risk for inactivity. Yet, little research exists describing hopelessness and its relationship to exercise in CHD patients and no research exists specific to racial minority patients.  The Center for Innovation and Research has awarded $19,822.00  to support this project... View Full Article

Judy Arnetz, PhD, MPH, PT  

Workplace Bullying Among Nurses: An Exploration of Experiences and Perceived Root Causes

Primary Investigator: Judy Arnetz, PhD, MPH, PT, Professor and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU)

The Center for Innovation and Research provided both $2,000.00 and $5,500.00 micro-grants for a pilot study on bullying among nurses at Sparrow Hospital. The aim of the study is to explore experiences and perceptions of the root causes of bullying among a sample of hospital nurses... View Full Article

Jiying Ling, MS, PhD, RN   

Identify Effective Intervention Components to Prevent Obesity: A Factorial Design

Jiying Ling, MS, PhD, RN; Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, College of Nursing

The prevalence of overweight/obesity (OW/OB) in Head Start children is 1.5 times the rate of U.S. children aged 2-5 years. Few interventions, however, have targeted preschoolers from low-socioeconomic (SES) backgrounds, resulting in continuing OW/OB SES disparities...To address this gap, the proposed factorial trial will examine the feasibility and preliminary main and combined effects of 2 intervention components (parent and child) on children’s healthy behaviors (dietary intake and physical activity; primary outcomes), waist circumference, and BMI z-score among Head Start children aged 3-5 years... View Full Article

Kenneth Levine, JD, PhD Kami Silk, PhD    

Speaking Up: Improving Patient Care through Recognizing, Reporting, & Responding

Co-Primary Investigators: Kenneth Levine, JD, PhD and Kami Silk, PhD, Department of Communication, Michigan State University (MSU)

This research aims to improve safe patient care and to help reduce hospital readmission by investigating how to best encourage Sparrow Hospital medical staff to speak-up when adverse events occur. To that end, the two aims are to: Aim 1: Conduct formative research via focus groups and survey methods to develop an understanding of the existing culture of speaking-up about medical errors and near misses. Aim 2: Develop an evidence-based intervention to increase and enhance Sparrow’s capacity to recognize, report and respond medical errors and near misses within system-defined time parameters... View Full Article

Supratik Rayamajhi, MD, FACP    

Clinical Risk Factors and Predictors of Venous Thromboembolism Amount Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Primary Investigator: Supratik Rayamajhi, MD, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Internal Medicine Residency, Advanced Medicine Clerkship Director, Department of Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University IMSU), Sparrow Hospitalist Staff member

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a major public health burden...This is a retrospective cohort study that aims to analyze demographic, clinical and laboratory variables among unique population of established CAT patients undergoing nticoagulation therapy at Sparrow Hospital. Our study focuses on recognizing the most consistent and reproducible variables associated with CAT. Identification of these parameters should help in devising precise predictive model for CAT... View Full Article