Mark Toles, PhD, RN, FAAN
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Mark Toles, PhD, RN, FAAN is an associate professor with expertise in nursing care of older adults, the quality of care in nursing homes, and transitional care of older adults as they transfer between settings and providers of healthcare. His prior studies have used epidemiological and case study approaches to describe health outcomes and services for transitioning older adults. In his current research, Dr. Toles continues to develop and test “Connect-Home,” a transitional care intervention for older adults as they transition from skilled nursing facilities to home. Dr. Toles is also a co-investigator in studies of comfort care of older adults in nursing homes and cardiac rehabilitation for adults transferring from hospital-based to home-based care.
Teaching: N 962 Systematic Literature Review & Developing Specific Aims and N 874 Improving Quality, Safety, and Outcomes in Healthcare Systems
2019 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2016 Practice Change Leader Award, John A. Hartford Foundation/Atlantic Philanthropies
2013 Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Award
2012 Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
2011 Distinguished Dissertation Award, Duke University School of Nursing
2007 Fabulous Fifty Nurses of Hawaii, Awarded by the State of Hawaii
Toles, M. & Barroso, J. (2016) Introduction to Qualitative Research. In G. LoBiondo-Wood & J. Haber (Eds.), Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier
Toles, M. & Barroso, J. (2016). Qualitative Approaches to Research. In G. LoBiondo-Wood & J. Haber (Eds.), Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.
Naylor, M.D., Hirschman, K.B., Toles, M., Jarrín, O.F., Shaid, E., Pauly, M.V. (2018). Adaptations of the evidence-based Transitional Care Model in the U.S. Social Science and Medicine. Jul 17;213:28-36. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.023. [Epub ahead of print]
Toles, M., Song, M., Li, F.C., and Hanson, L.C. (in press). Perceptions of family decision-makers of nursing home residents with advanced dementia regarding the quality of communication around end of life. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
Toles, M., Leeman, J., Colon-Emeric, C., Hanson, L.C. (2018). Implementing a Standardized Transition Care Plan in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Journal of Applied Gerontology [epub ahead of print]
Toles, M., Colón-Emeric, C., Naylor, M.D., Asafu-Adjei, J., Hanson, L.C. (2017). Connect-Home: Transitional care of skilled nursing facility patients and their caregivers. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Oct;65(10):2322-2328.
Toles, M., Colón-Emeric, C., Naylor, M.D., Barroso, J. & Anderson, R.A. (2016). Transitional care in skilled nursing facilities: A multiple case study. BMC Health Services Research, 16:186.
Toles, M., Colón-Emeric, C., Asafu-Adjei, J., Moreton, E., Hanson, L.C. (2016). Transitional care of older adults in skilled nursing facilities: A systematic review. Geriatric Nursing, 37(4):296-301.
Toles, M., Anderson, R.A., Massing, M., Naylor, M., Peacock-Hinton, S., Jackson, E., Colón-Emeric, C. (2014). Restarting the cycle: incidence and predictors of acute-care use after nursing home discharge. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(1), 79-85.
Toles, M., Young, H. & Ouslander, J. (2013). What can be done about care transitions in
2020–2025 National Institutes of Health (1R01AG065394-01A1). “Palliative Care for Persons with Late-stage Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias and their Caregivers: a Randomized Clinical Trial.” Role: Co-I
2020–2021 National Institutes of Health (3R01NR017636-03S1). “Adapting Connect-Home Transitional Care to Fit the Unique Needs of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias and their Caregivers: A Pilot Study.” Role: PI
2018–2020 The Duke Endowment, Grant number, 6748-SP, “HeartHome: A Nurse-Driven, Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to Reduce Health Disparities for Cardiac Patients Living in Rural and Underserved Areas of the Carolinas.” Role: Co-I
2018–2022 National Institutes of Health (1R01NR017636-01). “Connect-Home: Testing the Efficacy of Transitional Care of Patients and Caregivers,” Role: PI
2019–2021 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Civil Money Penalty Fund, “Disseminating Comfort Matters: A Web-based Training Toolkit for Comfort-focused Dementia Care.” Role: Co-PI
2019 Lutheran Services in America, The Connect-Home Collaborative Phase-2, Role: PI
2018 Lutheran Services in America, The Connect-Home Collaborative Phase-1, Role: PI
2014–2017 National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Grant #: 1KL2TR001109. Project Title: Connect-Home: Transitional Care in Nursing Homes. Role: PI
- Quality of care in nursing homes
- Transitional care of older adults
- Psychiatric nursing
- Outcomes research