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CERTAIN Receives Engagement Award to Study Patient-Generated Health Data

Congratulations to CERTAIN investigator Danielle Lavallee, PharmD, PhD, who recently received a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award to support her project, “Using Patient-Generated Health Data to Transform Healthcare.” This PCORI award will provide funding for two years, beginning on April 1st, with a total award amount of $249,843.

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Announcing the Launch of our new INSPIRE Research Web Portal

The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network is proud to launch our new web portal,

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Study Investigator Spotlight: Phillip Dean, MD

Phillip Dean, MD, is a surgeon site lead for the DEBUT study at Valley Medical Center. As a practicing colorectal surgeon for 25 years, he has watched how recommendations for when to have elective surgery for diverticulitis seemed to swing back and forth without a lot of good data.

“I tried to keep track and give patients the best information I could, but up to this point there hasn’t been a lot of good information as to when to have the surgery,” he says.

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INSPIRE Phase I Report Yields Important Results, Recommendations for Stronger Patient-Researcher Partnerships

Results of a report published by CERTAIN’s Initiative to Support Patient Involvement in Research (INSPIRE) yielded a number of important findings on what makes patient-researcher partnerships successful as well as what is still needed in terms of training and support. The authors also identified recommendations for supporting these partnerships.

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Study Site Spotlight: Legacy Health

We’d like to welcome Legacy Health as one of our newly launched DEBUT study sites! Their investigative team includes three colorectal surgeons at Legacy Medical Group-Gastrointestinal Surgery as well as Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

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Investigator Spotlight: Lisa Strate, MD, MPH

Lisa Strate, MD, MPH, is a CERTAIN investigator working on the DEBUT study. She is a gastroenterologist at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center who specializes in the care of patients with diverticular disease. As a diverticulitis researcher for over 10 years, Dr. Strate is excited to be involved in DEBUT because the study will help to answer practical questions for clinicians and patients, including how diverticulitis and available treatments impact quality of life. It also has the potential to reach out to a large network of patients and clinicians.

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PCORI Annual Meeting: Scholarship Opportunity for Patients, Caregivers, and Students

Are you a patient, caregiver, or graduate student in a health-related field of study? Apply for a scholarship to attend the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Annual Meeting on November 17-19, 2016, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

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Inaugural CERTAIN Study Results Published in JAMA Surgery

Results of the PAD Study found that patients with intermittent claudication, a form of peripheral arterial disease, who had circulation-restoring procedures called revascularization had better quality of life and fewer symptoms a year later than patients who underwent medical management. The inaugural study of the CERTAIN Collaborative and the CERTAIN network, published today in JAMA Surgery, compared two ways to treat intermittent claudication by evaluating outcomes that are important to patients. 

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Your Opinion Needed on New CERTAIN Appendicitis Research

Starting in January 2016, CERTAIN Investigators will begin work on the recently funded clinical trial “Comparison of Outcomes of Drugs and Appendectomy.” This large randomized trial compares appendectomy to antibiotics for the treatment of appendicitis. Before the first patient can enroll in the trial, the study team will complete the final research protocol. The research protocol describes in great detail the design, methods, and evaluation of study data serving as the blueprint for each site participating in the study.

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CERTAIN Projects to Drive Improvement in WWAMI Practice Transformation Network

Funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) is a national effort designed to support clinicians in achieving large-scale health care transformation. UW Medicine is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate and will receive about $30 million to develop a Practice Transformation Network (PTN) across the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) region. This WWAMI-region PTN will provide technical assistance to help equip more than 6,700 clinicians who serve 1.9 million patients with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely. To accomplish this, the PTN will:

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  • CERTAIN Medical Director Dr. David Flum on The Conversation with Ross Reynolds 4/11/12: listen here.