Events

Featured research on aging

The purpose of this interprofessional, educational opportunity was to share current research on aging across our campuses and in our community with goals to:

  • Promote interprofessional collaboration
  • Disseminate the latest knowledge relevant to the health and healthcare of older adults
  • Generate ideas for future research
  • Consider innovative research methodology

Although on hiatus, the recordings below may prove informative, insightful, and inspirational.

  

David Dorr, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.M.I.

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"Using Data, Information, and Knowledge to Improve the Health of our Most Vulnerable Populations" 

How can we get better data?
What are some of the outcomes of Care Management Plus?
How can we use technology to help us do better? 

Dr. Dorr, Professor and Vice Chair of Medical Informatics for the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, answered these questions at our May 14 Featured Research on Aging forum. You may view the "Using Data, Information, and Knowledge to Improve the Health of our Most Vulnerable Populations" video and his "Using Data, Information, and Knowledge to Improve the Health of our Most Vulnerable Populations" presentation slides

When discussing Care Management Plus (CMP), Dr. Dorr cited an article from the New Yorker by Atul Gawande, "The Heroism of Incremental Care" that pinpoints the value of primary care. 

Andrew D. Palmer, Ph.D. C.C.C.-S.L.P. 

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"The Impact of Communication Impairments on the Social Relationships of Older Adults"

On February 12, Andrew D. Palmer, Ph.D. C.C.C.-S.L.P., speech pathologist at OHSU, discussed his research based upon a preliminary exploration using data from a national survey and his subsequent work, "Communication, Health, Aging, Relationship Types & Supports", or "CHARTS". CHARTS used a mixed-methods design with a "social networks" conceptual framework to further explore the importance on communication impairment on social relationships. 
To learn more, please view the "Impact of Communication Impairments on the Social Relationships of Older Adults" presentation recording of his presentation and the accompanying "The Impact of Communication Impairments on the Social Relationships of Older Adults" PowerPoint

Elena Andresen, Ph.D., OHSU Provost, Executive Vice President 

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"The St. Louis African American Health Cohort: Science of methods and measures"

 On October 9, 2017, OHSU Executive Vice President and Provost, Elena Andresen, PhD, presented at the Featured Research on Aging forum. 

If you are interested in field research methods and measures in a successful metropolitan cohort and the advantages and disadvantages of individual and environmental, i.e., neighborhood, risk factor measures, please view the "St. Louis African American Health Cohort: Science of methods and measures" recording. You may also view a copy of her "St. Louis African American Health Cohort: Science of methods and measures" PowerPoint (page 49 of slides has a list of selected publications).

Dr. Andresen joined OHSU in 2011 after serving as professor and the founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. She was appointed Executive Vice President and Provost at OHSU on June 1, 2017.   Elena is an experienced epidemiologist (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1991) who received additional training in health services research. Her collaboratively funded research history includes the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her recent work has been directed at aging and the public health outcomes of disability across the lifespan, and health services outcomes research methods and measures. Dr. Andresen is the PI of the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU.

Ana Quiñones, Ph.D., M.S.

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"Understanding Implications of Multimorbidity Combinations for Older Adults"

Understanding how multimorbidity combinations relate to functional status is an important step towards reducing disability and sustaining independent living among older adults. On August 3, 2017 our featured researcher, Ana Quiñones, Ph.D., M.S., shared her study on "Multimorbidity Combinations and Disability among Older Adults." OHSU personnel may view the recording titled, "Featured Research on Aging"   Her "Understanding Implications of Multimorbidity Combinations for Older Adults" PowerPoint presentation is also available.  If you have questions or comments please contact Dr. Quiñones.

She shared an "Oregon 2017 Senior Report" from the United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings. Some findings from the report: 

Oregon's Strengths

  • Low percentage of ICU use
  • Low percentage of hospital readmissions
  • High SNAP enrollment

Oregon's Challenges

  • High prevalence of excessive drinking
  • Low percentage of able-bodied seniors
  • Low flu vaccination coverage

Dr. Quiñones is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and an affiliate investigator for the Portland Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System. She is a gerontologist trained in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.  Her research interests address four main areas: (1) age-related changes in health, (2) co-existing chronic disease (multimorbidity) epidemiology, (3) racial and ethnic disparities in health, and (4) health care delivery changes designed to improve the management of chronic conditions for vulnerable adults.

Colleen Casey, Ph.D., A.N.P.-B.C., C.N.S.

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Dr. Casey, shared "Clinical Pearls in Geriatrics" gleaned from her practice in geriatrics. If you would like to learn to appreciate the biopsychosocial complexity of caring for older adults, how to identify select high-risk geriatric syndromes in older patients, and how to appropriately evaluate and intervene please take an hour to view the "Clinical Pearls in Geriatrics" presentation recording . (Note: you must have an OHSU account to log into the video presentation)