Congratulations to Assistant Professor Mark Toles, PhD, RN, who was awarded nearly $2 million in research grant funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research to assist patients and their caregivers make the transition from Skilled Nursing Facilities to home care with fewer complications.

With his $1.945 million R01 grant from NINR, Toles will study Connect-Home: Testing the Efficacy of Transitional Care of Patients and Caregivers during Transitions from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home.

As seriously ill patients draw closer to the end-of-life, they experience multiple transitions between healthcare providers and settings. More than 50% of patients admitted to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) die or return to the hospital within 90 days of discharge to home. The proposed efficacy trial of the Connect-Home transitional care intervention has the potential to improve quality of life, function, and acute care use for seriously ill SNF patients, and reduce burden and distress for their caregivers.

The study will run through April 2022 and will include team members Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Co-Investigator), Laura C. Hanson, MD, MPH, UNC School of Medicine (Co-Investigator), Morris Weinberger, PhD, UNC School of Public Health and Medicine (Co-Investigator), John Preisser, PhD UNC School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics (Co-Investigator) and Cathleen Colon-Emeric, Duke University School of Medicine and Durham VA Medical Center (Consultant).

Well done, Dr. Toles!

National Institute Of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health Award Number R01NR017636, Toles (PI) 07/27/18-04/30/22 Funding $1,945,357: “Connect-Home: Testing the Efficacy of Transitional Care of Patients and Caregivers during Transitions from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home” 

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