Telehospitalists address rural hospital staffing shortages

In the past year, e-consults, virtual diagnosis, and virtual postoperative care have become the new normal. By limiting in-person exposure to COVID-19, telemedicine offers a safe way to deliver care for both patients and medical providers. Although the end of the pandemic is in sight, a recent publication found that telemedicine is a cost-effective and […]

VA’s CADRE refines critical illness scoring system

The team at the Center for Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) continues to place novel and validated patient care at the forefront of its research. A group of Internal Medicine researchers within the Iowa City VA’s Center of Innovation have developed a new critical illness severity scoring system (CISSS), which helps physicians predict […]

Contamination of healthcare workers’ hands with E. coli and Klebsiella species after routine patient care: a prospective observational study

Article: Contamination of healthcare workers’ hands with E. coli and Klebsiella species after routine patient care: a prospective observational study Authors: Mireia Puig-Asensio MD PhD, Daniel J. Diekema MD,  MS, Linda Boyken, BA, Gosia S. Clore, MPH, Jorge L. Salinas, MD, Eli N. Perencevich MD, MS Journal: Clin Microbiol Infect. 2019 Nov 13. pii: S1198-743X(19)30602-0. […]

Inpatient Fluoroquinolone Stewardship Improves the Quantity and Quality of Fluoroquinolone-prescribing at Hospital Discharge: A Retrospective Analysis among 122 Veterans Health Administration Hospitals

Article: Inpatient Fluoroquinolone Stewardship Improves the Quantity and Quality of Fluoroquinolone-prescribing at Hospital Discharge: A Retrospective Analysis among 122 Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Authors: Hiroyuki Suzuki, MD, Eli N Perencevich, MD, MS, Bruce Alexander, PharmD, Brice E Beck, MA, Michihiko Goto, MD, MSCI, Brian C Lund, PharmD, Rajeshwari Nair, MBBS, PhD, Daniel J Livorsi, MD, […]

Kaboli projects look at patient and provider behavior

The Center for Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) renewed its five-year status as a Center of Innovation (COIN) within the VA Health Services Research & Development (HSRD) in late 2018. A multidisciplinary and nimble band of researchers, educators, and clinicians, CADRE investigators are transforming the way health care is delivered, improving quality and […]

March 2019 – Emily Chasco

“A former classmate who was working for the VA out in California sent me the job announcement. She said, ‘I know this research group, I think very highly of them, and I think you should really consider reaching out to them and seeing if this job would be a good fit for you.’” The research […]

Veteran engagement panel improving research focus

Community engagement in research is a concept currently gaining ground in health services research with many finding it integral to the success of their projects. And with more federal funding institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) looking for that component in grant proposals, avenues for connecting […]

Modified APACHE scoring system provides reliable data

In an emergent setting, compilations of quantifiable data can help providers make decisions quickly and confidently about what next steps to take. Many scoring systems have been developed but have also proven unwieldy in real-life situations.   Dr. Spyridon Fortis, Clinical Assistant Professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, and a team of researchers […]

Schweizer to identify a smarter culture “culture”

Marin Schweizer, PhD, Associate Professor in General Internal Medicine and of Epidemiology, has been awarded a three-year, $959,440 Merit Award, as part of the VA’s HSR&D Investigator-Initiated Research program. Dr. Schweizer will use this grant to study how best to reduce unnecessary testing and prescription of antibiotics. She and her co-investigator, Dr. Kalpana Gupta, a […]

CADRE Earns Five-Year Renewal

Cutting-edge research into how health care is delivered safely, efficiently, and with the greatest benefit to the patient has been happening at the Iowa City VA Medical Center, conducted by members of the Center for Access and Delivery Research & Evaluation (CADRE), for more than five years. Led by Director Eli Perencevich, MD, MS, and […]