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CBSSM Seminar: Roi Livne, PhD

Wed, November 08, 2017, 3:00pm
Location: 
NCRC, Building 16, Room 266C

Roi Livne, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sociology

Title: “The New Economy of Dying: Palliative Care, Morality, and Finance in the Age of Excess”

Abstract: This talk argues that over the past 40 years, a new economy has emerged around end-of-life care: one seeking to control, cap, and limit both spending and treatment near the end of life. Built around the expertise of Hospice and Palliative Care, this economy draws on the moral conviction that near the end of life, less treatment (and consequently, less spending) is better. Based on a historical analysis and ethnographic fieldwork in three California hospitals, Livne examines the interactive work that palliative care clinicians do with severely ill patients and their families, trying to facilitate their voluntary consent to pursue less life-sustaining and life-prolonging treatments.

 

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) is a new center in the Medical School, created by the recent merger of the Bioethics Program with the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine (CBDSM). The new Center represents a unique opportunity for the University of Michigan to integrate bioethics with key social science disciplines and brings together in one entity research, clinical service, and education.  CBSSM is co-directed by Drs. Angela Fagerlin and Scott Kim.  Please explore the website to learn more about this unique and innovative unit.

Kenneth M. Langa, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and health management and policy, and research professor at the Institute of Gerontology and Survey Research Center/Institute for Social Research, was recently elected to the 2014 class of new members of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ACSI). ASCI comprises more than 3,000 physician-scientists from all medical specialties who are elected to the society for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research before the age of 50.

Tue, April 08, 2014

Reshma Jagsi’s study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology about financial decline in breast cancer survivors has been cited by various health media outlets, including Bio-Medicine, Health News Digest, and various other outlets. The study found that after receiving treatment, a quarter of breast cancer survivors were found to be worse off financially. 

CBSSM Seminar: Sandra Wong, MD, MS.

Thu, November 20, 2014, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
NCRC 16-266C

Sandra Wong, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs

"Disparities in the quality of cancer care"

Summary: Equity is a cornerstone of quality. Unfortunately, there are marked disparities in cancer outcomes by race and socioeconomic status. Such outcomes plague across-the-board improvements in quality and may be worsened by current healthcare reform efforts.

Michele Gornick, VA/CBSSM Postdoctoral Fellow, recently received a multidisciplinary career development award as part of MICHR’s Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP). This opportunity is designed to prepare individuals with a PhD in a biomedical science or social science discipline for independent careers in translational research. It also provides a $100,000 career development award to be used over 2-3 years.  Michele will work under the direction of a research mentoring team including Angie Fagerlin, Scott Roberts and Brian Zikmund-Fisher, as well as Elena Stoffel as her clinical mentor. Congratulations Michele!

Through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, a team of IHPI researchers led by Jeff Kullgren, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) and research scientist with the VA Center for Clinical Management Research, will conduct a nationally representative survey to examine the extent to which consumers enrolled in HDHPs have engaged in certain behaviors to help optimize the value of their out-of-pocket payments.

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Research Topics: 

Training & Mentoring

A key goal of CBSSM is training the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers. CBSSM has an active mentoring and training program through our Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program, led by Brian Zikmund-Fisher, PhD.

CBSSM offers support to junior investigators and our affiliated faculty have actively mentored Postdoctoral Fellows from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the Veteran’s Administration.

In addition, CBSSM affiliated faculty mentor undergraduate students and Research Assistants who go on to pursue advanced degrees, as well as medical students. CBSSM actively participates in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan.  

 

Samantha Harrison, MPH

Research Associate

Sam joined CBSSM in November 2017. She works with Drs. Julie Wright, Michele Gornick, and Renuka Tipirneni on projects examining provider-patient communication regarding chronic kidney disease, VA data sharing, and the effect of Medicaid expansion on healthcare for low-SES aging adults.

Last Name: 
Harrison

Funded  by National Insitutes of Health; National Institute on Aging

Funding Years: 2010-2016

This career development award proposes a program of training, data collection and research to advance knowledge in the area of health literacy and health disparities among the elderly. Specifically, the aims of this project are (1) to understand the relationship between measures health literacy and more general measures of cognition, such as memory and numeracy; (2) to estimate the relationship between health literacy, general cognition and health outcomes in a large and nationally-representative sample of older Americans; (3) to analyze the mechanisms through which health literacy and cognition affect health outcomes; (4) to analyze the role that health literacy plays in determining health disparities across racial, ethnic or socio-economic groups; (5) to explore similarities and differences between the concepts of health literacy and financial literacy, and compare the relationship between literacy and outcomes in both domains.
The research activities will be carried out through a program of primary data collection and secondary data analysis based on the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The primary data collection consists of a module of questions on health literacy and health knowledge to be collected from a subset of respondents to the 2010 wave of the HRS. Analysis of the data will also be carried out with guidance from an interdisciplinary team of mentors.

PI(s): Kenneth Langa

Co-I(s): David Weir, Helen Levy, Mick Couper

 

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