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New ACP-ASIM Foundation grants fund education, clinical programs

From the February 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

The ACP-ASIM Foundation has announced its most recent round of grants focusing on the Foundation's three funding priorities: addressing social disparities in health, supporting evidence-based health care and providing education for health professionals.

The Foundation funds projects that address the interests and needs of the College and its members. Once the projects are underway, the Foundation will provide updates to further serve College members.

Descriptions of the recently funded projects are listed below:

  • Annals summaries for patients. The Foundation awarded a $90,000 grant to Annals of Internal Medicine and the College to expand the journal's patient summaries. The summaries communicate cutting-edge medical research findings to the public and help physicians understand topics outside their areas of expertise.

    Annals already publishes patient summaries of its original research articles. Using the Foundation grant, however, the journal will expand its efforts and begin publishing nontechnical summaries of reviews, perspectives and other journal features. Annals staff will evaluate the effectiveness of these summaries. Annals will also publish a glossary of clinical terms and a primer on research methods.

  • Anticoagulation practices. The Foundation granted $60,000 to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., to help reduce the disease burden associated with stroke-related atrial fibrillation and thromboembolism in high-risk populations.

    The grant will help fund efforts to improve patient care for those who receive anticoagulation therapy, in part by focusing on patient education and by focusing on patient literacy. The school will use the grant to develop computerized reporting and tracking, a coordinated system of comprehensive care and training for health care providers.

  • Care for the chronically ill. The Foundation awarded a $60,000 grant to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to reach a consensus among medical schools about the competencies they need to teach students to care for the chronically ill.

    After reviewing evidence on best practices in the care of chronically ill patients, Johns Hopkins will survey 16 U.S. medical schools. The survey will explore how well chronic illness care is addressed in internal medicine clinical rotations. Johns Hopkins researchers will also ask medical school educators to rank the importance of chronic care competencies identified during the survey.

  • Online tips for teaching evidence-based health care. The Foundation awarded a $40,000 challenge grant to the Centres for Health Evidence at the University of Alberta in Edmonton to provide partial support for an online resource for evidence-based medicine. (Challenge grants require recipients to raise other funds within a specific time period.)

The project's goal is to help physicians develop the skills to teach students, residents and peers to evaluate and incorporate best evidence from research into clinical practice. The project will demonstrate, in an online format, empirically tested approaches to communicating clinically relevant epidemiology and biostatistics concepts to groups that differ in training, setting, learning style and prior knowledge of evidence-based medicine.

The Foundation is now accepting letters of intent for the 2001-02 Grants Program. Applications are due April 1. For more information, call the Foundation at 877-208-4189.

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