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Tim Reistetter

A Message from the Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine

I am pleased to announce that UTMB has been awarded a $4.97 million grant from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) for a center on "Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) in the Elderly." This will be the first federally funded PCOR Center in Texas. The goal of the project is to build an infrastructure within UTMB to support research into patient-centered care and to educate investigators in the methodology of patient centered outcomes research. PCOR investigators recognize that treatments work differently in patients and can vary in the most important outcome they are seeking. This funding will help expand our research efforts to better understand individual values and preferences about treatment outcomes.

The "Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly" Center is led by James S. Goodwin, MD, Director of the Sealy Center on Aging, and comprised of a consortium of investigators representing all four UTMB Schools. The center will work closely with our Institute for Translational Sciences and Institute for the Medical Humanities and includes faculty members from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions as well as the Departments of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine. The PCOR Center members will also work closely with the UTMB Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare.

Tim Reistetter
The program supports three research projects and includes educational, dissemination and infrastructure cores. The Principal Investigators for the projects are Howard Brody, MD, PhD, Director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Timothy Reistetter, OTR, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Kristin Sheffield, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. It is important to add that our investigators will work closely with UTMB Health System leadership to assess models for patient-centered care and shared decision making throughout the clinical enterprise and to fully integrate the principles of patient-centered care into training programs across our four schools. Our research project and core investigators will also collaborate with PCOR researchers at MD Anderson and the University of Oregon Health Science Center who will be supported by sub-contracts from the center.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Goodwin and all of the PCOR Center collaborators on obtaining this grant award from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality to promote the health and well-being of elderly patients.
Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost and
Dean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair