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Doctoral Projects from 2019

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Evidence-based Toolkit for Reduction of Overdose Risk in Primary Care Patients on Opioid Therapy, Katelin A. Aris

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An Evaluation of a Nerve Block Protocol in Patients with Hip Fractures, Jenna Buchman

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Using the Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS) to Screen for Risk Taking Behaviors of 13 to 18 Year-Olds in a Regional Family Practice Office, Megan E. Carpenter

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Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Diabetic Patients Served in Primary Healthcare Centers, Hewan K. Chekol

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Identifying Gaps in Care in the Geriatric Trauma Patient with Rib Fractures, Kathy A. Crystal

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Final Defense: Sepsis Screening Tool Assessment at a Freestanding Children’s Hospital in the Midwest, Cassandra Cummings

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Improving Patient Handover from the Pediatric Emergency Department to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Kathryn DeVinney

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Implementation of an Evidenced-Based Intervention for Pain Management in Lumbar Spine Surgery, Mary R. Draper

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Pathways to a Sustainable Community Health Worker Program in a Rural Native American Community, Hannah R. Duby

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Evidence-Based Toolkit to Evaluate Telemedicine Delivery of Palliative Care, Aubrey E. Dwyer

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Developing an Evidence-Based Supportive Services Program for Cancer Survivors in a Private Oncology Practice, Joseph Ellul

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Improving Depression Screening and Follow-up in Primary Care through Implementation of an Evidence-Based Protocol, Cheryl Fowler

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Increasing Prevention and Recognition of Delirium in a Non-ICU Acute Care Population, Anne Gembrowski

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Improving Communication of Asthma Related Care Between Pediatric Primary Care Providers and Schools, Jessica N. Heichel

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Development of a Process for Adoption and Attainment of PCMH Recognition Requirements for an Urban Primary Care Clinic, Jamie L. Hendricks

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Prior Authorizations and Continued Treatment in Addiction Medicine, Wendy Hunting

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Management of Distress in Adult Oncology Patients, Lauren Jongsma

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Nurse Care Manager Impact on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at a Rural Primary Care Practice, Patrick Joswick

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Optimizing Clinical Processes Using the Electronic Health Record to Improve Patient Outcomes in Primary Care, Alex Jubril

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Implementation of Evidence-Based Chronic Non-malignant Pain Management Protocol for Primary Care, Jenny E. Kipp

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An Implementation Toolkit for Increasing Breastfeeding Sustainability, Regina Kirwin

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Implementing use of the MOSS (Michigan Opioid Safety Score) Tool and Interventions to reduce Opioid-Related Overdose Events in High Risk Patients, Michelle J. Kloss

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An Evidence-Based Toolkit for Early Identification of Frail Inmates, Morgan A. Kochajda

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Improving Rural Pediatric Patient Management through Streamlined High-Volume Patient Clinical Pathways Enhanced by Standardized Nursing Education for Care Confidence, Marie-Cassandre O. MacDonnell

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Improving a Midwestern Community Mental Health Organization's Smoking Treatment Services for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Leah J. Magnuson

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Increasing Utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Morbid Obesity in a Primary Care Setting, Erin J. McCue

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Nutrition and Neurosurgery: Designing a Perioperative Pathway for Elective Spine Fusion Patients, Abigail J. McKay

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Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Quality Improvement Project, Danielle Miller

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Preoperative Anemia Management in Adult Outpatient Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgical Patients to Improve Treatment of Preoperative Anemia, Katherine Mills

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Implementation Strategies to Increase Uptake of Hester Davis Tool Tailoring of Fall Prevention Interventions, Beena Philip

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Increasing Screening and Education for Human Trafficking in the Obstetric Department, Chibwe Caroline Powell

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Improving Advance Care Planning Documentation in a Home Based Primary Care Program, Emily Radtke

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A Need for a Culturally Congruent Obesity Intervention at a Community Safety-Net Clinic, Claudia D. Rivera-Salas

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Diabetes Class: A Project to Improve Quality Metric Measures, Miriam O. Russell

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Implementation of the Vaccines for Children Program in A Midwest, Urban Clinic Dedicated to the Underserved Population, Akmal Saydazamov

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Evidence-Based Intervention to Improve Assessment of Headache Pain and its Functional Capacity, Mavjuda Saydazamova

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An Integrated Model of Palliative Care in the Emergency Department to Improve Referrals, Jennifer L. Schlatter

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Interprofessional Collaboration During Discharge Planning for a Large Midwestern Hospital, Sarah Shepler

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Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Discharge Planning, Erica L. Spalding

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Implementation of an Evidence Based Screening Protocol to Improve the Diagnosis of Dementia in a Home-Based Primary Care Setting, Lauren Liesbeth Sutton

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Development of a Depression Screening Protocol for At Risk Patients Based on the Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire, Brittany J. Taylor

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Using Technology-Driven Patient Communication Appointment Reminders to Improve Uniform Data System Measures in a Federally Qualified Health Center, Ana Torres

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Evidence-Based Cardiac Monitoring: A Practice Change, Joseph Paul Urbanski

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Evaluation of a Simulation-Based Nurse Residency Program, Cheri A. Van Wyngarden

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Improving Heart Failure Care Plan Coordination Across the Health Care Continuum, Amy Veltkamp

Doctoral Projects from 2018

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Structure, Process, and Outcomes: The Foundation for Continuous Quality Improvement in Primary Care, Mark A. Contreras

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A Quality Protocol for a Federally Qualified Health Center: A Pilot Project, John K. DeKock

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Effect on Opioid Use following the Implementation of Evidence-Based Pain Management, Kathryn L. Ellens

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Evidence Based Toolkit to Improve Oncology Referrals to Palliative Care, Katelyn M. Gettel

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An Education Intervention to Increase Rounding and Toileting and Reduce Falls in a Hospital Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit, Amelia Grayson

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Implementation of Evidence-based Culturally Adapted Interventions, Collaborative Care, and Change Management for Improved Mental Health Outcomes in a Community-based Safety-net Clinic, Laura E. Hall

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Evaluation of Short Term Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention in a Primary Care Setting, Kevin Hengeveld

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Implementation of a Multimodal Hand Hygiene Intervention at a Rural Critical Access Hospital, Amy J. Hopp

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Care of Adult Cancer Survivors, Kelsey Kloosterman

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Feasibility Trial Intervention “Let’s Move Away From Screen”, Oksana K. Lidke

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Evaluation of a Health System’s Community Targeted Program for Individual’s with Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Phallon LoveLady

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A Multidimensional Approach to Improve Cardiovascular Quality Measure Documentation in a Native American Population, Jessica A. Mastbergen

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Increasing Post-Acute and Long Term Care Coding for Advance Care Planning in an Outpatient Setting, Emily M. McCloskey

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Implementation of Standardized Heart Failure Educational and Documentation Processes within an Outpatient Heart and Vascular Clinic, Mallory Myslenski

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Improving Adolescent Risk Behavior Screening: Implementation of the I-Cloud Rapid Assessment Adolescent Preventive Screening (RAAPS) Tool, Donna L. Rinker

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Improving Office Workflow to Increase Developmental Screening Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) in a Primary Care Setting, Shelby L. Sikkila

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Evaluation of Processes and Procedures for Care of the Opioid Recipient Patient in the Primary Care Setting, Anne Sproat

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Improving the Patient Handoff from OR to PICU in Children Who Have Undergone Cardiac Surgery Using a Standardized Handoff Tool, Amanda Taylor

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Improving Adolescent Risk Assessment in a Primary Care Setting, Kristin N. Vanderwell

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Proposal Defense: Improving Patient Portal Adoption in Primary Care, Melissa Wagner

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Prevention of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in Adult Oncology Patients, Christina Winkelman

Doctoral Projects from 2017

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Development of a Protocol for Implementing a Registered Nurse-Led Annual Wellness Visit in a Primary Care Setting, Jennifer R. Campbell

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Implementing Clinical Practice Guideline Recommendations to Address Prenatal Smoking: A Practice Change in a Community Health Department, Rachel L. Danks

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The Design of an Evidence-Based Protocol for Primary Care of Patients with Dementia, Kaitlin B. DeMaagd

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A Technical Integration of Primary Care into a Behavioral Health Site, Lara M. Dengerink-VanTil

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A Quality Improvement Initiative to Provide Comprehensive Diabetic Management in a Rural Midwestern Clinic, Jodi A. Drenth

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A Quality Improvement Program in a Safety Net Clinic Serving Vulnerable Populations, Kaitlin J. Hendriksma

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Acceptability of the MD Anderson Symptom Inventory and qualitative analysis of barriers to palliative care services for rural and non-rural populations, Daniel M. W. Johnson

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Implementation of an Evidence-Based Process for the Management of Concussions in Adolescent Patients for a Primary Care Office, Ashley D. Karczewski

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Return on Investment Comparison of Three Payment Models for Chronic Care Management Under Medicare in a Northwestern Physician Hospital Organization, Megan J. Madole

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Implementation of a Patient-Centered Communication Model in the Emergency Department, Carrie Mull

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Implementation and Evaluation of a Preceptor/Mentorship Program During Orientation in a Long Term Care Facility: A Strategy to Increase Nursing Employee Satisfaction, Maria A. Painter

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Improving Care of Behavioral Health Patients in a Rural Emergency Department: A Needs Assessment, Margaret Perec

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Development of a Patient-Centered Medical Home Toolkit at an Integrated Primary Care Clinic, Lyndsay A. Randall

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A Crosswalk Protocol for Implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Meaningful Use at a Midwest Nurse Managed Center, Kaitlyn Rath

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Evaluation of a Pilot Multidisciplinary Debriefing Program: Promoting Pediatric Provider Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Wellbeing, Allison E. Reynolds

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Toolkit Development for a Community-Based Palliative Care Program, Tanya A. Rowerdink

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Preparing for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment Structure: A Value-Based Business Plan, Ali R. Saheb

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Program Evaluation of a Bundled Educational Intervention to Enhance Implementation of Professional Exchange Report, Luanne M. Shaw

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A Quality Improvement Initiative to Enhance Nursing Teamwork: An Element of Excellence, Jenna L. Stoll

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An Evaluation of a Care Conference Model and Improvement in the Transition Process for Medically Complex Pediatric Patients between Inpatient and Outpatient Care, Tamara Van Kampen

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Implementation of the Reengineered Discharge Process and Transitional Care Management at a Rural Critical Access Hospital, Chad L. Wilfong

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Lessons Learned from the Quality Improvement Process in a Community Based Hospital: The Dissection of Implementation Failure of Use of the PRISM Mortality Risk Tool and Standardization of Case Management to Reduce Readmissions in High Risk Patients, Mary K. Ziomkowski

Doctoral Projects from 2016

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Identification of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Patients with Hepatitis C: Using Evidence Based Guidelines to Improve Diagnosis and Transition of Care from Specialty Care Provider to Primary Care Provider, Debra B. Bayus

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LGBT Client Satisfaction at a University-Associated Primary Care Center, Christopher M. Bouma

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A Standardized Palliative Care Referral Workflow and Educational In-Service at an Outpatient Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, Rachel E. Cardosa

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Population Health Management Risk Assessment Tool Validation: Directing Resource Utilization, Sonya L. Christensen

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Communication Process Improvement among Bedside Nursing Staff on a Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation Unit, Lauren Dice Smith

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Use of Culturally Tailored Media to Increase HIV Screening Among African Americans, Leda Evans

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Screening Initiative for Non-Stroke Geriatric Inpatients, Kimberly Harper

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Development of a Toolkit to Evaluate Efficacy of the Respecting Choices© System of Advance Care Planning, Nicole M. Harpold

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Quality Improvement Initiative in Transplant Diabetes Care: Needs Assessment and Protocol Development, Dawn Korson

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Exercise Program for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis, Tiffany Kuipers

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Development of a Protocol for Implementing the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit in a Primary Care Setting, Jennifer M. Ohman

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Health Literacy Assessment and the Meaningful Use Incentive of Providing Clinical Summaries in an Underserved, Hypertensive Population, Tami Pettenger