Implementation Science studies

In implementation research, we identify why certain evidence-based practices are not adopted into standard medical practice, and evaluate ways to promote their use. Our researchers work to ensure that the best practices are implemented, and reduce or eliminate the use of unnecessary or low-value practices. Our Care Improvement Research Team has identified unnecessary tests for prostate and breast cancer patients and unneeded antibiotic prescriptions for sinusitis, and identified strategies to reduce readmission for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

A Non-Inferiority Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Home-Based Palliative Care in Older Adults (HomePal)

The aim of this pragmatic trial is to compare the effects of a standard home-based palliative care (HBPC) model to a more efficient tech-supported model that includes remote physician supervision/consultation on patient symptom burden and days spent at home in the last 6 months of life and family caregiving preparedness.

Principal Investigator:

Huong Q. Nguyen, PhD, RN

Funding Source:

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Funding Years:

2022 - 2017

Breast cancer screening decisions in younger women: a hybrid effectiveness-implementation study

The major goals of the project are to evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based decision aid on improving knowledge about breast cancer screening in women age 40 to 49 and reducing decisional conflict about breast cancer screening, and to explore the acceptability and feasibility of large-scale implementation.

Principal Investigator:

Erin E. Hahn, PhD, MPH

Funding Source:

Nat'l Cancer Inst

Funding Years:

2017

Research Categories:

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Developing tailored de-implementation strategies to reduce use of low-value cancer care services

The goal of this mixed methods study is to develop and test interventions to reduce use of surveillance biomarkers for early stage breast cancer patients.

Principal Investigator:

Erin E. Hahn, PhD, MPH

Funding Source:

Kaiser Permanente, Southern California

Funding Years:

2014 - 2015

Implementing systematic distress screening in breast cancer

This project focuses on implementation and effectiveness of an evidence-based guideline recommendation for systematic distress screening for breast cancer patients.

Principal Investigator:

Erin E. Hahn, PhD, MPH

Funding Source:

California Breast Cancer Research Progra

Funding Years:

2016

Research Categories:

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Translation of a Lung Cancer Palliative Care Intervention for Clinical Practice

The purpose of this study is to test the dissemination of a Palliative Care Intervention (PCI) for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and their primary family caregivers (FCG)

Principal Investigator:

Huong Q. Nguyen, PhD, RN

Funding Source:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Funding Years:

2014 - 2018