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MCW to collaborate on PCORI study examining pediatric diabetes self-management

Sept. 25, 2013 College News - The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awarded $2 million to a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin to implement and evaluate a patient-centered approach to improving outcomes for kids with Type I diabetes. 

Rosanna Fiallo-Scharer, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) in the MCW Pediatric Diabetes Program, will collaborate with the principal investigator, Elizabeth Cox, MD, of the University of Wisconsin’s Children’s Diabetes Center. With affiliation and resources from the Center for Clinical Effectiveness Research (CCER) of the Children’s Research Institute, Dr. Fiallo-Scharer will serve as co-investigator of the award and lead the study at the MCW site. This is the first PCORI award to the state of Wisconsin and one of 71 projects awarded out of a total of 570 proposals.

Dr. Cox created Problem Recognition in Illness Self-Management (PRISM), a ten-minute survey to help identify the best resources to help families of children with type 1 diabetes, based on their specific needs.  The study will examine whether families who use PRISM to select resources to improve diabetes management will have better blood sugar control as well as improved child and parent quality of life.  To ensure the success of the project, the research team also includes leaders from the Western Wisconsin Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

PCORI evaluated the proposals based on scientific merit, how well they engage patients and other stakeholders, their methodological rigor and how well they fit within PCORI‘s national research priorities.  PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010.  Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, caregivers and clinicians with evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions.

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