Glaucoma remains a leading cause of blindness in the US and worldwide despite the availability of effective treatments; one significant contributor to this is that 80% of adults with glaucoma do not take their medications as prescribed. The Support, Educate, Empower (SEE) personal glaucoma coaching program is a pilot program where health educators trained as glaucoma coaches use an eHealth tool to deliver personalized education (e.g. based on each person’s diagnosis, test results, physician’s recommendations) and motivational interviewing-based counseling to guide patients to identify their barriers to optimal adherence and brainstorm solutions. As part of this program, participants receive electronic medication adherence monitors that track their medication usage and provide both an alarm function - through an audible or visual alert when a dose is due - and a reminder if a dose is missed - through either an automated text or voice message. This adherence feedback helps make people aware of their behavior and sets goals for improved self-regulation. However, the current system is highly costly ($200/medication type per person per month for monitoring fees), the monitors are made for pills and not eye drops, and the messages are not personalized to a person's behavior or behavioral goals.
We have developed a prototype of a low-cost eye drop adherence monitor and this project will focus on closing the adherence monitor communication loop.
The first aim of this project is to develop the wireless communication technology to transmit the adherence data from the low-cost monitor to the health care team and then back to the patient.
The second aim of this project is to develop the text/phone call message library so that a patient receives a message that is tailored to their overall adherence behavior (e.g. they would receive a different message if their adherence decreased by 10% than if it increased by 20%, they would receive a different message if their usage was at 50% vs at 70%). We will involve a Community Advisory Board to give iterative feedback on the text message libraries until thematic saturation has been reached.
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The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) seeks innovative translational research projects that will ultimately have significant potential to improve patient and community health outcomes. The goal of this funding is to support interdisciplinary research teams in generating sufficient preliminary data to pursue future extramural funding and publication opportunities. We welcome research proposed at any stage of translation, including:
- preclinical research that aims to connect the basic science of disease with human medicine
- clinical research to better understand a disease in humans
- clinical implementation, involving the adoption of interventions demonstrated useful in the research environment into routine clinical care, and
- the study of health outcomes at the population level to determine the effects of diseases and efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat them
MICHR will fund up to five Classic Cubes ($60K) and 13 Mini Cubes ($15K).
No unit or faculty contribution is required.
Project Submission Process
Interested faculty members please provide the following information to be considered for funding:
Click the Comments tab above, and post a project idea in the Mcubed website. Please do not exceed two paragraphs in length. Provide basic details about the proposed research.
Comment should also include:
- Three cube collaborators - faculty names and units. The team must include 3 faculty from at least 2 units, and 1 faculty member on each team must be from Medicine.
- Grant amount requested ($15K or $60K)
- Studies proposing cell or animal models should provide reasoning of how the research will lead to immediate next step studies in humans.
Comments will be accepted until May 15, 2019.
Note: Project duration is one year from the transfer of funds.
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