Nursing research grant for elderly adults

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- A grant from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health will allow two University of Florida researchers to use registered nurses’ notes to prevent death and injury in elderly hospitalized adults who are prone to falls.

Associate professor Robert Lucero, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., FAAN, and assistant professor Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N. have been granted $2.57 million to predict mortality and injury rates resulting from conditions brought on by medical treatment. They plan to analyze patient health data collected over six years from more than 130,000 patients and more than 2 million progress notes from UF Health in both Gainesville and Jacksonville.

Through this project, researchers will develop the UF EHR Clinical Data Infrastructure for Enhanced Patient Safety among the Elderly, or UF-ECLIPSE.

The findings will be used as a model for health care organizations across the country.