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Current research conducted by the faculty and students of the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy is listed.

The Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy is committed to conducting research that is relevant and leads to improvements in pharmacy and health care that ultimately impacts patient outcomes. Research conducted by faculty and students may be theoretical or applied and is often interdisciplinary in nature, requiring collaboration across the health sciences and other fields. This research is facilitated by strong partnerships with local, national, and international companies, with government agencies, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers, health provider organizations, professional associations, and with other national and international university-based researchers.

The research of the Department is nationally and internationally renowned and is funded by top governmental agencies, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. Particular research strengths of the Department include 1) pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research (including health-related quality of life, and medication adherence), 2) pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, 3) pharmacy systems and policy (including medication and health disparities, and pharmacy services research).

Listed below are selected current or recently funded research projects being conducted by the faculty and students of the Department.

Awarded before 2015

Barriers to Optimal Anticoagulation in Patients Undergoing Major Orthopedic Surgery. Funding Source: Janssen Pharmaceuticals Health Outcomes Research Division. PSOP Investigator: Nutescu EA (PI). Period: June 2009 – December 2015. Award: $131,336.

Comparative Effectiveness of Breast Imaging Modalities: A Natural Experiment. Funding Source: National Cancer Institute. PSOP Investigator: Schumock GT (Co-I). Period: September 2010 – August 2015. Award: $1,270,215.

Moving Forward: A Weight Loss Intervention of African-American Breast Cancer Survivors. Funding Source: National Cancer Institute. PSOP Investigator: Sharp LK (Co-I). Period: 2011-2016.

Pharmacists and Community Health Workers in Team Diabetes Care. Funding Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. PSOP Investigator: Sharp LK (Co-PI). Period: 2011-2016. Award: $2,100,000.

Pharmacomechanical Catheter Directed Thrombolysis for Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis. Funding Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. PSOP Investigator: Nutescu EA (Co-I). Period: May 2012 – March 2016. Award: $7,194,970.

Pharmacogenetics Implementation and Optimization at UI-Health. Funding Source: University of Illinois Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs. PSOP Investigator: Nutescu EA (Co-PI). Period: August 2012 – August 2016. Award: $390,000.

AHEC Infrastructure Development Awards. Funding Source: Health Resources and Services Administration. PSOP Investigator: MacDowell M (Co-I).  Period: September 2012 – August 2017. Award: $8,493,725.

Control Systems for Artificial Pancreas Use During and After Exercise. Funding Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. PSOP Investigator: Sharp LK (Co-I). Period: 2013 – 2018. Award: $659,355

Fault-tolerant Control Systems for Artificial Pancreas. Funding Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. PSOP Investigator: Sharp LK (Co-I). Period: 2013 – 2018. Award:$756,519

Text Messaging to Support Medication Adherence. Funding Source: University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Clinical Translational Sciences. PSOP Investigator: Sharp LK (PI). Period: 2013 – 2015. Award: $30,000
 

Patient-Centered Anticoagulation Self-Monitoring in Minority Patients. Funding Source: National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. PSOP Investigators: Nutescu EA (PI), Schumock GT (Co-Mentor). Period: February 2013 – January 2017. Award: $526,567.

Emergency Patient Interdisciplinary Care (EPIC) Coordination for Frequent ER Visitors. Funding Source: UIC University Hospital and Health Sciences System. PSOP Investigator: Walton SM (Leadership Team). Period: April 2013 – March 2016. Award: $1,495,362.
 

Astellas-UIC Fellowship in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance. Funding Source: Astellas. PSOP Investigator: Lee TA (PI). Period: July 2013 – June 2015. Award: $184,953.

Takeda-UIC 2-year Fellowship in Health Economics and Outcomes Research. Funding Source: Takeda. PSOP Investigator: Pickard AS (PI). Period: July 2013 – June 2015. Award: $164,000.
 

PATient Navigator to rEduce Readmissions (PArTNER). Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. PSOP Investigator: Pickard AS. Period: August 2013 – July 2016. Award: $1,973,706.

The Cost Effectiveness of School-Based Supervised Asthma Therapy. Funding Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 1R18HL110858-01A1. PSOP Investigator: Lee TA (Co-I). Period: August 2013 – April 2017. Award: $3,155,975.

Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Antipsychotic Use in Patients with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Funding Source: Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. PSOP Investigator: Touchette DR (PI). Period: September 2013 – August 2016. Award: $354,304.

ACIP Pneumococcal Immunization Recommendations for Adults with Immunocompromising Conditions – A Scientific Survey of Clinical Practice Guideline Implementation. Funding Source: Pfizer Inc. PSOP Investigator: Touchette DR (Site PI). Period: November 2013- November 2015. Award: $130,298.

Analytic Methods to Assess the Robustness of Drug Safety Monitoring Results. Funding Source: Food and Drug Administration. PSOP Investigator: Lee TA (Co-I). Period: January 2014 – March 2015. Award: $18,112.

Development of a HRQL Data Archive. Funding Source: EuroQol Group. PSOP Investigator: Pickard AS (PI). Period: January 2014 – June 2015. Award: $28,220.

Family, Nutrition, Physical Activity Tool Practice Intervention. Funding Source: American Cancer Society Population and Science Grant. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV (Co-I). Period: January 2014 – December 2015. Award: $249,541.

NDI Plus Linkage to the Mini-Sentinel Distributed Data Network. Funding Source: Food and Drug Administration. PSOP Investigator: Lee TA (Co-I). Period: January 2014 – July 2015. Award: $46,572.

Mobilizing for Patient Adherence to Cancer Therapies. Funding Source: McKesson Foundation, Mobilizing for Health® Program. PSOP Investigator: Crawford SY (PI). Period: April 2014 – September 2016. Award: $250,000.

Training Health Insurance Enrollees for Implementation of the ACA in Illinois. Funding Source: Department of the Interior. PSOP Investigator: Walton SM (Co-I). Period: April 2014 – March 2015. Award: $1,069,482.

Understanding the Relationship Between Health Behaviors, Attitudes and Perceptions of HRQL Using the EQ-5D. Funding Source: EuroQol Group. PSOP Investigator: Pickard AS (PI). Period: June 2014 – July 2015. Award: $26,560.

Assessment of Hospitalist Programs Implementation in ICAHN Hospitals. Funding Source: Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network,  Princeton, IL. PSOP Investigator: MacDowell M (PI). Period: July 2014 – December 2015. Award: $15,000.

Improving the Safe Use of Medicines Among Low-Income Arab-American Immigrant Women and their Children. Funding Source: UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. PSOP Investigator: Qato DM (PI). Period: July 2014 – July 2015. Award: $10,000.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International and UIC 2-year Fellowship in Medication Adherence. Funding Source: Takeda Pharmaceuticals. PSOP Investigator: Touchette DR (PI). Period: July 2014 - June 2016. Award:  $147,515.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International and UIC 1-year Fellowship in Medication Adherence. Funding Source: Takeda Pharmaceuticals. PSOP Investigator: Touchette DR (PI). Period: July 2014-June 2015. Award: $73,374.
 

Takeda-UIC 2-year Fellowship in Health Economics and Outcomes Research. Funding Source: Takeda. PSOP Investigator: Pickard AS (PI). Period: July 2014 – June 2016. Award: $161,000.

The Use of Medicines Among Palestine Refugees: A Pilot Household Survey. Funding Source: Palestinian American Research Center; US State Department. PSOP Investigator: Qato DM (PI). Period: July 2014 – July 2015. Award: $8,000.

EHR-Based Medication Complete Communication Strategy to Promote Safe Opioid Use. Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Subcontract from Northwestern. PSOP Investigator: Walton SM (Subcontracted PI). Period: September 2014 – August 2017. Award: $89,559.

National Assessment of State Oversight of Drug Compounding. Funding Source: Pew Charitable Trust. PSOP Investigator: Pickard AS (PI). Period: November 2014 – November 2015. Award: $137,213.

Dual Use of Opioid Analgesics in Veterans Co-Insured by Medicaid or Medicare. Funding Source: Department of Veterans Affairs. PSOP Investigator: Suda KJ (Co-I). Period: December 2014 – November 2018. Award: $1,500,000.

The Effect of Taxane Chemotherapy on Balance in Breast Cancer Patients. Funding Source: Illinois Cancer Care Foundation. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV (Co-I). Period: December 2014 – December 2016. Award: $37,982.

Awarded in 2015

2015 Center of Excellence for Comparative Effectiveness Research Education. Funding Source: Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association Foundation. PSOP Investigators: Schumock GT (PI), Pickard AS (PI). Period: January 2015 – December 2017. Award: $250,000.

Patients’ Perspectives on Peer Support in Diabetes Care. Funding Source: American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. PSOP Investigator: Sharp LK (PI). Period: January 2015 – May 2015. Award: $20,000.

Pharmacy Accessibility and Disparities in the Use of Cardiovascular Medications Among Older Adults in the US. Funding Source: National Institute of Aging. PSOP Investigator: Qato DM (PI), Touchette DR (Co-I), Calip GS (Biostatistician. Period: January 2015 – January 2017. Award: $275,000.

Sentinel Initiative. Funding Source: Food and Drug Administration. PSOP Investigators: Schumock GT (Site PI), Lee TA and Pickard AS (site Co-I). Period:  January 2015 – December 2020.

Commonly Used Medications and Multiple Myeloma Risk. Funding Source: Vahlteich Research Scholar Grant, UIC College of Pharmacy. PSOP Investigator: Calip GS (PI). Period: February 2015 – January 2017.

Determinants  of  Mobility  Recovery  during  Acute  Care  for  Total  Knee  Arthroplasty:  Anesthesia Matters in Physical Therapy. Funding Source: American Physical Therapy Association. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV (Co-I). Period: February 2015. Award: $1,500.

Long-Term Follow-Up of Patients Receiving Bupivacaine Liposome (BL) Injectable Suspension for Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) Surgery. Funding Source: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV (Co-I). Period: March 2015 – August 2015. Award: $50,000.

National Assessment of State Oversight of Drug Compounding. Funding Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts.  PSOP Investigator: Pickard AS, Crawford SY (co-I), Lee TA, Sharp LK, Manasse HR, Suda KJ, Rickert ED. Period: March 2015 – September 2015. Award: $137,213.

Asthma Action and Erie Trial. Funding Source: NIH. PSOP Investigator: Walton SM (Co-I). Period: April 2015 – March 2020. Award: $3,454,446.

Training in CVD Epidemiology and Related Chronic Diseases in Minority Populations. Funding Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. PSOP Investigator: Lee TA (Mentor). Period: April 2015 – March 2020. Award: $268,168.

Developing a Patient-Led Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research Community. Funding Source: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV (Project Leader). Period: May 2015 – February 2016. Award: $15,000.

Impact of a Pharmacist Guided Pharmacogenetics Service on Clinical Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Major Orthopedic Surgery. Funding Source: University of Illinois at Chicago David J. Riback Summer Research Fellowship. PSOP Investigator: Nutescu EA (Primary Mentor). Period: May 2015 – August 2015. Award: $6,000.

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program. Funding Source: Health Resources and Services Administration. PSOP Investigator: MacDowell M (Co-I). Period: May 2015 – April 2018. Award: $596,770.

Extracting Frailty Trajectories from RAI (Resident Assessment Instrument) assessments:  Predicting the Individual’s Future to Guide Care Planning. Funding Source: Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV (Co-I). Period: June 2015 – June 2016. Award: $100,000.

Randomized Controlled Trial of Patient-Centered Self-Monitoring in Minority Patients. Funding Source: Roche Diagnostics Corporation. PSOP Investigator: Nutescu EA (PI). Period: June 2015 – December 2017. Award: $228,060.

Burden and Outcomes of Resistant Gram-Negative Organisms in Veterans with SCI/D. Funding Source: Department of Veterans Affairs. PSOP Investigator: Suda KJ (Co-I). Period: July 2015 – December 2016. Award: $350,000.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Outcomes Research. Funding Source: OSF Foundation, Central Illinois MS Clinic Fund, Caterpillar Foundation Matching Grant. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV (PI). Period: July 2015 – August 2018. Award: $500,000.

Takeda-UIC 2-year Fellowship in Health Economics and Outcomes Research. Funding Source: Takeda. PSOP Investigator: Pickard AS (PI). Period: July 2015 – June 2017. Award: $161,000.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International and UIC 2-year Fellowship in Medication Adherence (2015-2017). Funding Source: Takeda Pharmaceuticals. PSOP Investigator: Touchette DR (PI). Period: July 2015 – June 2017. Award: $164,834.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International and UIC 1-year Fellowship Extension in Medication Adherence. Funding Source: Takeda Pharmaceuticals. PSOP Investigator: Touchette DR (PI). Period: July 2015 – June 2016. Award: $85,702.

The Impact of a Gene Expression Profil on Treatment Choice and Outcome Among Minority Men Newly Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer: A Randomized Trial. Funding Source: Department of Defense. PSOP Investigator: Sharp LK (Co-I). Period: July 2015 – June 2018. Award: $2,804,806.

Promoting Healthy Seafood Choices in Asian Communities. Funding Source: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. PSOP Investigator: Sharp LK (CO-I). Period: August 2015 – April 2020. Award: $2,720,184.

The Effectiveness of a Technology-Based, Pharmacist-Led, Behavioral-Education Intervention to Improve Adherence with Direct Oral Anticoagulants in an Inner-City Population. Funding Source: Janssen Pharmaceuticals. PSOP Investigator: Nutescu EA (PI). Period: August 2015 – December 2018. Award: $350,000.

Testing a medication risk communication and surveillance strategy: The EMC2 Trial. Funding Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Subcontract from Northwestern. PSOP Investigator: Walton SM (Subcontracted PI). Period: August 2015 – May 2019. Award: $47, 400.


Using Avatar Mobile Technology to Improve HIV Medication Adherence in AA men. Funding Source: NINR/NIH. PSOP Investigator: Qato DM (Co-I). Period: August 2015 – August 2017. Award: $450,000.

Economic and major clinical outcomes of an innovative integrated pediatric care program. Funding Source: Department of Health and Human Services. PSOP Investigator: Touchette DR (PI). Period: September 2015 – September 2017. Award:  $19,600,000 (total); $85,741 (subaward).

A Universal Medication Schedule to Promote Adherence to Complex Drug Regimens. Funding Source: National Institute on Aging, Subcontract from Northwestern. PSOP Investigator: Walton SM (PI on Subcontract). Period: September 2015 – May 2020. Award: $98,229.

Evaluation Plan for Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States: Illinois. Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control. PSOP Investigator: Lee TA (PI), Pickard AS (Co-I). Period: September 2015 – September 2019. Award: $420,000.

Evaluation of Pain, Opioid Consumption, Cost, Length of Stay, and Physical Function of Liposomal Bupivacaine Versus Plain Bupivacaine with Patient-Controlled Analgesia in Patients Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty. Funding Source: Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV (PI). Period: October 2015 – March 2016. Award: $100,000.

Use of Memantine in Treatment of Chronic Pain in Sickle Cell Disease. Funding Source: American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Institute. PSOP Investigator: Nutescu EA (Mentor). Period: October 2015 – October 2017. Award: $50,000.


Advance Care Planning (ACP): Impact on Outcomes and Costs. Funding Source: OSF Saint Francis. PSOP Investigator: Asche CV. Period: December 2015 – TBD.

Pharmacist Led Personalized Medicine Program to Improve Medication Use Safety. Funding Source: American Society of Health System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation. PSOP Investigator: Nutescu EA (PI). Period: December 2015 – December 2016. Award: $50,000.

UIC CPR Center for Annotating Research Meathods and Analyses (CARMA): Focused on New Approaches in Utilizing ‘Real World’ Data. Funding Source: IMEDS-Reagan Udall Foundation. PSOP Investigator: Lee TA (PI). Period: December 2015 – August 2016. Award: $60,000.

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