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Allina Health and University of Minnesota researchers to present at prestigious national conference

MINNEAPOLIS 06/05/2015

Allina Health researchers will present six studies, four in partnership with the University of Minnesota, at the Academy Health annual research meeting June 13 to 16 in Minneapolis. LifeCourse, a multi-year study funded by the Robina Foundation, is the work highlighted.

People living with serious illness in its later stages confront staggering challenges. LifeCourse was designed to support this population by improving the care experience of patients, families, and caregivers.

Since 2013, a a group of lay health care workers called care guides, along with an interdisciplinary clinical team, have been testing a whole person approach to late life care for people living with serious illness.

Early results show that LifeCourse improves patient and caregiver satisfaction and quality of life; improves team members' wellbeing; and decreases use and cost of care compared with patients receiving usual care.

"Because of our early positive results, Allina is excited to expand the reach of LifeCourse, helping to enable our mission of providing exceptional care. LifeCourse holds enormous promise as a bold, ambitious and evidence-based catalyst for change," says Eric Anderson, MD, principal investigator for LifeCourse.

LifeCourse studies and principal investigators presented at the conference include:

  • "What matters at end of life: Early results related to goals for complex chronic illness care" — Sandra Schellinger, NP-C, Allina Health
  • "Patient and Caregiver Quality of Life: Early Results from the LifeCourse Intervention" — Tetyana Shippee, MS, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • "Patient and Caregiver Experience with Care: Early Results from the LifeCourse Intervention" — Nathan Shippee, MS, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • "Team members’ wellbeing in the development of a supportive care program for adults with serious illness: Early results from the LifeCourse intervention" — Cindy Cain, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • "Innovative Late Life Care Model Decreased Resource Utilization and Total Cost of Care" — Heather Britt, MPH, PhD, Allina Health

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