2009 Hartford Outcomes Award Winners

Jane Givens, MD, MSCE

“Experiences of Family Members of Nursing Home Patients with Advanced Dementia” Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Institute for Aging Research (Boston, MA)

Jane L. Givens, MD, MSCE, is an Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research. She completed a geriatrics fellowship at Boston Medical Center and a physician-scientist fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology. As a Hartford scholar, Dr. Givens will study the experiences of family members of nursing home patients with advanced dementia, including the prevalence of adverse mental health outcomes and the burdens associated with surrogate medical decision-making. Her research goal is to identify predictors of better mental health outcomes among these family members in order to develop interventions aimed at improving their mental health and quality of life.

Daniel Matlock, MD

“Measuring the Quality of the Decision to Receive an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator” University of Colorado, Denver (Denver, CO)

Dan Matlock, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. Clinically, he is a geriatrician working in outpatient general medicine and inpatient palliative care. His research interest is on decision making surrounding aggressive interventions, particularly among elderly and chronically ill populations. Currently he is focusing on building the case and developing interventions to improve the decision making surrounding implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD). As a Hartford Scholar, Dan will develop a survey instrument to measure the quality of ICD decision making. This instrument will be used in future survey and intervention studies to measure the quality of ICD decision making.

Two recipients, selected by an academic advisory board composed of distinguished academic geriatricians, will receive a $200,000 grant over a two-year period to perform studies in outcomes research addressing clinical strategies, innovative outcomes measures and quality of life. Research findings are presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting at the conclusion of the recipient’s grant. Congratulations, Drs. Givens and Matlock!


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