Valerie Press, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAP, from the University of Chicago, will be speaking at the PCOR Seminar. Dr. Press will present, “Improving Transitions from Hospital to Home: Evaluating and Correcting Misuse of Respiratory Inhalers.” Educational objectives for the session: 1) Recognize the high prevalence of respiratory inhaler misuse among hospitalized patients; 2) Understand the need to assess and teach self-management skills for patients with obstructive lung disease in the hospital setting; and 3) Discuss current successes and barriers to providing self-management education in the hospital setting.
Dr. Press is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her work primarily focuses on improving patient-centered education for underserved patients with chronic disease and limited health literacy through novel interventions in the community and hospital settings targeted at both patients and clinicians. Dr. Press received degrees in public health and medicine from the University of Michigan, and completed her residency in the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program at the University of Chicago. During her Hospitalist Scholars fellowship, Dr. Press led the development and implementation of the Chicago Breathe Project that provided inhaler education for 5 Chicago residency programs and 2 community sites serving minority patients with funding from the American College of Physicians Foundation. As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Finding Answers Disparities Research for Change project, she lead a systematic review of interventions that aim to improve health disparities and care for minority populations with asthma. Her current K23 project focuses on the comparative effectiveness of patient-centered educational strategies (in-person “Teach to Goal” vs video module education) designed to improve hospitalized patients’ ability to self-manage their asthma and COPD through promoting correct use of respiratory inhalers. She will also determine if level of health literacy differentiates optimal educational strategies to teach effective respiratory inhaler use for hospitalized patients with asthma or COPD.