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News release: College of Nursing faculty part of group landing $1.8 million for “smart home” research

SPOKANE, Wash. – An interprofessional team of scientists from Washington State University has landed a $1.77 million grant to research how “smart home” technology can monitor the health and safety of senior citizens from afar.

Community fitness program helped overweight teens in Coeur d’Alene

Image of two feet in running shoes.

Five years ago, researchers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, wanted to test whether overweight teenagers would be receptive to a community-based fitness program that included exercise, goal-setting, and nutrition coaching.

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Research spotlight: Predicting hospitalization for mental illness could aid early intervention

Research Spotlight: Mason Burley, “Evaluating Risk for Psychiatric Re-Hospitalization: a Recurrent Event History Analysis” (Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program)

The treatment of people with serious mental illness has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, from long-term institutionalization to community-based care. But the community-care system is lacking, and some people with serious mental illness are repeatedly hospitalized, released and re-admitted, a costly and disruptive cycle.

Washington State University doctoral student Mason Burley wanted to identify consistent and reliable factors associated with psychiatric re-hospitalization to help guide public policy and treatment options.

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Research Spotlight: Being overweight significantly increases odds of chronic pain

Research spotlight: Teresa Bigand, “Examining Risk for Overweight Status Among Adults with Chronic Pain

Doctoral student Teresa Bigand’s research concludes that being overweight significantly increases an adult’s odds of suffering chronic pain. In fact, the higher a person’s body mass index (BMI), the greater their likelihood of having multiple chronic pain conditions, she says.

So which comes first, the pain or the weight?

“One study seems to suggest that the weight comes first,” she said. “That’s more exciting for me, because if we can get people to get their weight under control, we can control two different disease processes at once.”

Bigand, who entered the … » More …

Poverty a frequent barrier to achieving health goals, research found

Older people with multiple chronic conditions often face barriers that aren’t considered in setting goals for better health, a WSU College of Nursing undergraduate student found.

Mariah Petersen, who’ll graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will present her findings at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) on Monday.

Petersen found that poverty was a common “contextual” barrier to achieving health goals. For example, 23.8 percent of patients whose goal was to lose weight cited poverty as a reason they … » More …

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Research First Friday to focus on managing chronic pain in people with opioid addiction

Marian Wilson

The WSU College of Nursing’s Dr. Marian Wilson, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, will present results at Research First Friday from a randomized, controlled trial that used an online program to manage chronic pain in people with opioid addiction. She’ll be joined by research coordinator Michael Orr in the presentation, Engaging Adults with Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction in Online Pain Self-management.

Subjects in opioid addiction treatment programs used an online program that guided them in relaxation, positive thinking and exercise, Dr. Wilson said. The research was conducted under the auspices of the College of Nursing’s Program … » More …

Analytical Brown Bag – January

Presenter: Mason Burley, HPA Instructor

Presentation: Survival Analysis and Frailty Models

Location: AMS TBD

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Online Management Tools Help Ease Chronic Pain

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Marian WilsonSPOKANE, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have found that people can manage chronic pain and reduce their reliance on opioids through an Internet-based program that teaches non-medical alternatives like increased physical activity, thinking more positively and dealing with emotions.

Marian Wilson, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, tracked 43 people with chronic non-cancer pain as they went through an eight-week course of online tools to manage psychological, social and health issues associated with chronic pain. Compared to a similar-sized control group, the participants reported that they … » More …

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Martin Schiavenato Receives Life Science Discovery Funding (LSDF)

Martin Schiavenato

Washington State University College of Nursing Associate Professor Martin Schiavenato received funding for his work around premature infant pain detection. “LSDF grants help commercialize major medical breakthroughs and attract private funding from external investors,” says LSDF executive director John DesRosier. “These new awards help move promising treatments and diagnostics more quickly from the lab bench to patients in need.” Dr. Schiavenato’s grant received $235,000 for work to be completed over two years beginning in August 2015. His focus is to develop a device that detects, measures, and continuously reports pain levels in infants … » More …

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WSU Spokane Receives Grant

Children’s Health Disparities Program Launched by Dean Emerita Patricia Butterfield, Chancellor Lisa Brown & the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic (STHC)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Healthy housing is the focus of a novel collaboration between Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and its community neighbors, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund.

The “University-Community Partnership to Reduce Children’s Health Disparities” will foster student engagement, innovative practice at Spokane’s Teaching Health Clinic and research addressing healthy housing.

The project is inspired by WSU College of Nursing professor Patricia Butterfield’s research on substandard housing and environmental health risks.

“Our previous research, conducted in Montana and … » More …

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