Current WREN Research Projects

Principal Investigator:  Annette Totten, PhD – Oregon Health & Science University

Project Summary:  This project is designed to address the PCORI-identified need “for evidence to support adults with advanced illnesses and their caregivers in care planning over time so that care is consistent with their goals and preferences”.  This will be a cluster-randomized trial comparing team-based versus primary care clinician-focused advance care planning in practice-based research networks.

Funding Agency:  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Principal Investigator:  Eric Simpson, MD, MCR – Oregon Health & Science University

Project Summary:  This is a pragmatic, multi-site, randomized community-based trial in which dyads of a parent or legal guardian (“parent”) and an infant age 0 to 2 months are enrolled

to test the hypothesis that a skin care regimen utilizing emollient therapy from birth can prevent or delay onset of atopic dermatitis.

Funding Agency: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH-NIAMS)

Principal Investigator:  Matthew Halanski, MD – UW SMPH Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation

Project Summary:  This project is a combination of retrospective and prospective chart review to develop a comprehensive database of interventions and outcomes of children with SMA, and to develop a prospective, PROM-based data collection method for future project development.

Funding Agency: UW SMPH – Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation

Principal Investigator:  Corrine Voils, PhD – UW SMPH, Dept of General Surgery

Project Summary:  This study will provide critical insight into the efficacy of systematically involving domestic partners to optimize long-term weight loss. Results from the mediation analyses will provide unique knowledge about the mechanisms underlying a couples’-based approach for patient weight management. As such, the results will inform future intervention refinements to optimize patient outcomes and scalability. Completion of this study will contribute to our long-term goal of identifying and implementing efficacious, cost-effective approaches to reduce obesity and associated outcomes.

Funding Agency:  National Institutes of Health (R01)

Principal Investigator: Andrew Quanbeck

Project Summary: The goal of the proposed project is to determine which combination of strategies—physician-led audit and feedback, organizational facilitation, and physician-to-physician peer coaching—works most effectively in different clinics, based on an assessment of their organizational needs. It may be that in some clinics, audit and feedback alone suffices for improvement. If more intensive help is required, facilitation and/or physician-to-physician peer coaching can be added.

Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Principal Investigator:  Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD – UW SMPH Department of Family Medicine & Community Health

Project Summary:  A Comparative Effectiveness Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Meditation versus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Opioid-Treated Chronic Low Back Pain

This randomized, controlled trial will test the relative benefit of Mindfulness Meditation (MM) vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in improving outcomes for patients with chronic low-back pain treated with opioids.

Funding Agency:  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Meta-Network Affiliations

Project Summary: Creation of research and learning consortium of 6 PBRNs: Oregon, Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Quebec to accelerate the conduct of PBRN research through a common infrastructure enabling the efficient conduct of research. The consortium will promote continuous learning across networks and practices for evidence dissemination and knowledge transfer.

Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Workshop: Multi-Network Research Collaboration: Steps to Success

Wisconsin Research & Education Network (WREN)

Just Published!

The Burden of Childhood Atopic Dermatitis in the Primary Care Setting:  A Report from the Meta-LARC Consortium

This article is a result of Eric Simpson’s pilot study, Community-based Assessment of Skin Care, Allergies and Eczema (CASCADE).

Identification of Barriers, Facilitators and System-Based Implementation Strategies to Increase Teleophthalmology Use for Diabetic Eye Screening in a Rural US Primary Care Clinic: A Qualitative Study

This article captures the real-world perspectives of patients and providers in using teleophthalmology to address diabetic eye screening. Dr. Liu’s NIH-funded study is one of the first to address implementation strategies suggested by both patients and primary care providers.

Congratulations Authors!