Closing the gap between scientific discovery and patient care must be a top priority.
As practicing physicians, we never forget to put patients at the center of all we do. Our research is designed to match the demands of a rapidly changing clinical practice environment and establish new treatment standards and guidelines. From bench to bedside, clinical research designed with patient care in mind can help to speed the translation of scientific evidence into practical therapies, changing the healthcare system for the better and improving the lives of patients around the world.
Neha Pagidipati, MD, MPHAssistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
"We need rigorous scientific methods to help us understand how we can improve in clinical practice, and implementation science will guide that."
Improving Outcomes for Heart Attack Patients
Christopher Granger, MD, explains how the DCRI has improved care for heart attack patients in North Carolina and around the country.
Coordinating care among providers
Monica Reed, MHA, and Neha Padigipati, MD, MPH, discuss COORDINATE-Diabetes, a trial that works with sites to coordinate care for patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Emphasizing adherence to evidence-based therapies
Through a trial called CONNECT-HF, Adam DeVore, MD, MHS, focuses on improving the quality of patient care by working with sites to improve adherence to proven therapies for heart failure.
Collaboration: The Baseline Study
The Duke University School of Medicine, in partnership with Verily Life Sciences and Stanford Medicine, have launched the Project Baseline study, a longitudinal study that will collect broad phenotypic health data from approximately 10,000 participants, who will each be followed over the course of at least four years.
The study is designed to develop a well-defined reference, or “baseline,” of health as well as a rich data platform that may be used to better understand the transition from health to disease and identify additional risk factors for disease. Beyond this initial study, Project Baseline endeavors to test and develop new tools and technologies to access, organize and activate health information.
Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and the director of Health Policy and Implementation Science for Duke's Department of Orthopaedics. She has a secondary appointment in the Duke University School of Nursing, is affiliate faculty with the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), a senior fellow of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and is a fellow of the American Heart Association.
Her research is dedicated to establishing real world evidence aimed to improve health care quality and policies that reduce the burden of disease and disability. She is funded by NIH and the VA as an implementation scientist on studies to prevent functional decline. She is also funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Medical Research Council/Wellcome Trust for pragmatic clinical trials in the U.S. and China on transitional care to improve functional independence and prevent post-hospital adverse events.