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UT Arlington Research to Avoid Medication-Related Harm

Xiao-Yan
(Courtesy of: UT Arlington)

Research at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation is aiming to reduce the use of medications and avoid medication-related harm, which cause 700,000 emergency room visits and 100,000 hospitalizations a year.

A team led by professor of nursing Yan Xiao has earned a $2.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct interviews and focus groups with patients and healthcare professionals all over the country and use UTA’s Smart Hospital to run simulations of interventions. A multidisciplinary team of specialists in geriatric nursing, system engineering, behavioral economics and health care simulation are part of the team. Xiao overruns the Partnership in Resilience for Medication Safety Learning (PROMIS) lab.

“The PROMIS lab will work with primary care clinics and community partners to engage clinicians, older adults and their caregivers in design cycles. The interventions developed will be tested and evaluated in simulated and actual primary care settings,” Xiao said via release.

Xiao is the project’s principal investigator, and his co-principal investigators include Kathryn Daniel and Jing Wang, associate professors in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation; Kay-Yut Chen, professor in the College of Business’ Department of Information Systems and Operation Management; and Yuan Zhou, assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering.

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