Bettger receives award for research on stroke rehabilitation

February 6, 2013 – Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, FAHA, an assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, will lead a research study at the DCRI focusing on the benefits and risks of different rehabilitation service options.

Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, FAHA, assistant professor of nursing at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), and a health services researcher at both the DUSON and the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), has received a three-year research award funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the comparative effectiveness of rehabilitation services for stroke survivors.

Bettger will lead the research study at the DCRI and focus on determining the benefits and risks of the different rehabilitation service options available after an acute hospitalization for stroke survivors. Each year, 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke and this research addresses a critical decision that occurs as part of hospital discharge and transition planning for each of those patients.

”Dr. Bettger’s work is fundamental to our understanding how to assist persons who have experienced strokes to accomplishing a full recovery, ”said Catherine L. Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs and Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing.

“Janet has brought together an impressive multidisciplinary team to tackle a very important and unanswered issue for individuals recovering from a stroke,” said DCRI Director Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC and Fred Cobb, MD, Professor of Medicine. “Her work on transitions of care is crucial as we strive to optimize patients’ long-term outcomes.”

PCORI is committing $40.7 million in funding for a slate of 25 projects. Proposals were evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, engagement of patients and stakeholders, methodological rigor and fit within PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda.

Also receiving a PCORI grant at Duke is Christopher Cox, MD, MHA, MPH, assistant professor in medicine, for “Improving Psychological Distress Among Critical Illness Survivors and Their Informal Caregivers.”

“Today marks a major milestone in our work as we build a portfolio of comparative clinical effectiveness research that will provide patients and those who care for them better information about the health care decisions they face,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH.