VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
Older Veterans Engagement Team
Eastern Colorado GRECC wants your voice to inform research, clinical and community-based services for older Veterans and caregivers.
Eastern Colorado GRECC
Eastern Colorado Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center...
The Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) are United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) centers of excellence focused on aging. They were established by Congress in 1975 in order to improve the health and health care of older Veterans.
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21 November 2019
The goal of this GRECC is to improve the health of older Veterans through the development of innovative research, clinical and educational initiatives.
The research foci of our GRECC are:
- Consequences and Treatments of Obesity in Older Adults
- Gender Differences in Health (focusing on women’s health)
The Eastern Colorado GRECC focuses its training efforts on translating existing and new geriatrics knowledge and skills into clinical practice at the local, regional and national levels. These efforts build on the substantial geriatrics educational and training activities at the ECHCS and leverage important resources from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Eastern Colorado GRECC is a hub of clinical innovation committed to creating systems of support for Veterans as they age and across the continuum of care, regardless of geography. The Eastern Colorado GRECC participates in national clinical dissemination projects, including GRECC Connect and Gerofit. Clinical demonstration projects provide opportunities to integrate research, education and clinical services.
What's New at Eastern Colorado GRECC
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- Podcast: Access to Care Rounds
- 14 November 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC PIs, Kathryn A. Nearing, PhD and Hillary D. Lum, MD, PhD along with project coordinator Courtney Bauers recorded this podcast on the Access to Care Rounds being conducted at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center.
Listen to the podcast Access to Care Rounds
- Poster: Formal Training in Telehealth Uniquely Prepares an Interdisciplinary Workforce in Geriatrics and Gerontology
- 14 November 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC PIs, Kathryn A. Nearing, PhD, Hillary D. Lum, MD, PhD, Skotti Church, MD along with Janna Hardland, MD and Stephanie Hartz, LCSW, BCD, presented this poster at The Gerontological Society of America's 71st Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place in Austin, Texas from November 13 - 17 , 2019. Eastern Colorado GRECC Connect integrates Associated Health Trainees (Audiology, Psychology, Social Work, Pharmacy) and Geriatric Medicine Fellows into interdisciplinary tele-geriatric and tele-palliative care consultations provided to outlying community-based outpatient clinics. During exit interviews, trainees indicated that these experiences offered unique opportunities to develop their clinical skills, particularly related to active listening and communication. They identified their involvement with GRECC Connect as a highly valued aspect of their Geriatrics training. Rigorous training in telehealth is an essential aspect of workforce development in Geriatrics and Gerontology given the concentration of older adults in rural areas.
- Pub: Parental involvement in decision making about intracranial pressure monitor placement in children with traumatic brain injury
- 4 November 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC Research PI, Dan Matlock, PhD, was a co-author on this paper which set out to "identify the perspectives and decisional or information needs of parents whose child sustained a TBI and may require an ICP (intracranial pressure) monitor." The paper found 3 main themes: "Parents wanted transparency, communication, and information (theme 2), but the life-threatening context of this decision (theme 1) created an environment where all involved reflected a clear preference for paternalism (theme 3)." Read more.
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- Pub: Perspectives of Clinicians, Staff, and Veterans in Transitioning Veterans from non-VA Hospitals to Primary Care in a Single VA Healthcare System
- 23 October 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC Research PI, Russell Glasgow, PhD, was a co-author on this paper whose aim "was to understand the barriers and facilitators to providing high-quality continuum of care for veterans transitioning from non-VA hospitals to the VA primary care setting." The paper identified 4 main themes: "transitions were delayed when they were not able to (1) identify patients as veterans and notify VA primary care of discharge, (2) transfer non-VA hospital medical records to VA primary care, (3) obtain follow-up care appointments with VA primary care, and (4) write VA formulary medications for veterans that they could fill at VA pharmacies." Read more.
- Pub: Caregiver Experiences of Care Coordination for Recently Discharged Patients: A Qualitative Metasynthesis
- 4 October 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC Research PI, Hilary Lum, MD, PhD, was a co-author on this paper which explored caregiver experience as it relates to care coordination after a recent hospital discharge. The paper reports five emerging themes and suggest that clinicians need to engage with caregivers "to provide support, training, and communication after hospital discharge." Read about the 5 emerging themes.
- Pub: Improving Communication in Heart Failure Patient Care
- 1 October 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC Research PI, Dan Matlock, PhD, was a co-author on this paper which states "The purpose of this study was to determine if a clinician-centered teaching intervention and automatic reminders increased ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillators) deactivation discussions and increased device deactivation." Read this piece.
- Pub: The Impact of Timing of Exercise Initiation on Weight Loss: An 18-Month Randomized Clinical Trial
- 29 September 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC Research PI, Ed Melansom, PhD, FACSM, was a co-author on this paper which found that the timing of when a patient starts exercising as part of a behavioral weight loss program can be personalized to the patient. "Both immediate and delayed exercise initiation within a behavioral weight loss program resulted in clinically meaningful weight loss at 18 months." Read this piece.
- Pub: Body composition and markers of cardiometabolic health in transgender youth compared to cisgender youth
- 23 September 2019 - Eastern Colorado GRECC Research PI, Kerrie Moreau, PhD, was a co-author on this paper that explored "changes in body composition may have consequences for the cardiometabolic health of transgender adolescents." Read this free access piece.
Eastern Colorado GRECC
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