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CDA 15-061 – HSR&D Study

 
CDA 15-061
Understanding and Improving Decision-making in Pneumonia with Informatics
Barbara E. Jones MD MS
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Funding Period: April 2017 - March 2022

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:
Background: Pneumonia is the most common infectious cause of death in the United States, with an estimated 50,000 deaths and $8-10 billion in costs annually.12 Twenty-five thousand Veterans are seen per year in the Emergency Department, and 20,000 are hospitalized.13 Risk adjusted 30-day mortality rates range among VA facilities from 11% to 18%. The resources utilized for pneumonia also vary widely, with the cost of hospital care estimated at up to 25 times that of outpatient care.20 To improve the standard of pneumonia care, intense research and quality improvement efforts have been focused upon establishing evidence-based practice guidelines for pneumonia that represent a consensus of research and opinions generated from our best academic hospitals and pneumonia experts. However, we continue to see variation in both management and outcomes across the VA as in other systems, suggesting that guidelines may be difficult to apply to real practice. The recent advancement of our electronic health record allows us to measure actual practice at both the population and the individual level. By studying variation in triage and antibiotic decisions for patients with pneumonia, we can learn from our own population to generate evidence that includes the previously underrepresented patients, settings and scenarios, bringing it closer to real practice.

OBJECTIVE(S):
Objectives: This proposal aims to understand and improve the care of Veterans treated for pneumonia through informatics through the following three aims:
(1) Examine sources of variation in sit-of-care and antibiotic selection decisions for pneumonia across VA emergency departments.
(2) Characterize the cognitive processes influencing decision-making in pneumonia among providers at emergency departments demonstrating variation in decision-making.
(3) Design and test an informatics tool that supports decision-making, integrates with workflow, and allows us to learn from clinical experience.

METHODS:
Methods: Aim 1 A. will develop and test models of practice variation for triage and antibiotic selection and b. will identify emergency departments with high and low decision-making thresholds across the VA system. Aim 2 will use mixed methods to characterize the cognitive process of clinical reasoning and contextual influences impact decision-making through interviews with providers. Aim 3 will utilize a real-time informatics tool to test current best practice recommendations against physician decisions by providing physicians the opportunity to disagree with any recommendations, and collect information on reasons for disagreement.

FINDINGS/RESULTS:
Not yet available.

IMPACT:
Impact: This work will directly inform the development of informatics tools for pneumonia for the VA. Additionally, it will advance my career goals to develop skills in advanced population analytics, gain a foundation in behavioral sciences, and advance my understanding in informatics. While my clinical interest is in pneumonia, the skills I develop will be applied to many clinical problems in medicine where decision-making occurs in the setting of uncertainty.


External Links for this Project

NIH Reporter

Grant Number: IK2HX001908-01A2
Link: https://reporter.nih.gov/project-details/9293850

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PUBLICATIONS:

Journal Articles

  1. Derington CG, Cohen JB, Mohanty AF, Greene TH, Cook J, Ying J, Wei G, Herrick JS, Stevens VW, Jones BE, Wang L, Zheutlin AR, South AM, Hanff TC, Smith SM, Cooper-DeHoff RM, King JB, Alexander GC, Berlowitz DR, Ahmad FS, Penrod MJ, Hess R, Conroy MB, Fang JC, Rubin MA, Beddhu S, Cheung AK, Xian W, Weintraub WS, Bress AP. Angiotensin II receptor blocker or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor use and COVID-19-related outcomes among US Veterans. PLoS ONE. 2021 Apr 23; 16(4):e0248080. [view]
  2. Jones BE, Samore MH. Antibiotic Overuse: Clinicians Are the Solution. Annals of internal medicine. 2017 Jun 6; 166(11):844-845. [view]
  3. Jones BE, Collingridge DS, Vines CG, Post H, Holmen J, Allen TL, Haug P, Weir CR, Dean NC. CDS in a Learning Health Care System: Identifying Physicians' Reasons for Rejection of Best-Practice Recommendations in Pneumonia through Computerized Clinical Decision Support. Applied clinical informatics. 2019 Jan 2; 10(1):1-9. [view]
  4. Jones BE, South BR, Shao Y, Lu CC, Leng J, Sauer BC, Gundlapalli AV, Samore MH, Zeng Q. Development and Validation of a Natural Language Processing Tool to Identify Patients Treated for Pneumonia across VA Emergency Departments. Applied clinical informatics. 2018 Feb 21; 9(1):122-128. [view]
  5. Jones BE, Ying J, Stevens V, Haroldsen C, He T, Nevers M, Christensen MA, Nelson RE, Stoddard GJ, Sauer BC, Yarbrough PM, Jones MM, Goetz MB, Greene T, Samore MH. Empirical Anti-MRSA vs Standard Antibiotic Therapy and Risk of 30-Day Mortality in Patients Hospitalized for Pneumonia. JAMA internal medicine. 2020 Apr 1; 180(4):552-560. [view]
  6. Jones BE, Haroldsen C, Madaras-Kelly K, Goetz MB, Ying J, Sauer B, Jones MM, Leecaster M, Greene T, Fridkin SK, Neuhauser MM, Samore MH. In Data We Trust? Comparison of Electronic Versus Manual Abstraction of Antimicrobial Prescribing Quality Metrics for Hospitalized Veterans With Pneumonia. Medical care. 2018 Jul 1; 56(7):626-633. [view]
  7. Jones BE, Jones MM. Pneumonia and Electronic Health Records-A Window Into Disease, A Mirror of Our Behavior, or Just Another Streetlight? Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2020 Oct 23; 71(7):1613-1615. [view]
  8. Bostwick AD, Jones BE, Paine R, Goetz MB, Samore M, Jones M. Potential Impact of Hospital-acquired Pneumonia Guidelines on Empiric Antibiotics. An Evaluation of 113 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2019 Nov 1; 16(11):1392-1398. [view]
  9. Stevens VW, Shoemaker HE, Jones MM, Jones BE, Nelson RE, Khader K, Samore MH, Rubin MA. Validation of the SHEA/IDSA severity criteria to predict poor outcomes among inpatients and outpatients with infection. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 2020 May 1; 41(5):510-516. [view]


DRA: Infectious Diseases
DRE: Technology Development and Assessment
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms: none

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