Patient Reported Outcomes (PROMs) in Treatment of Community Acquired Pneumonia - a Sub Study of IMPROVe-GAP

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Western Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Harin Karunajeewa harin.karunjeewa@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Project Details

Using a $300,000 grant from HCF, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia (CAP) will be treated with a combination of four evidence based interventions never previously implemented in combination: specified antibiotic regimes with stopping rules, steroids unless contraindicated, early physiotherapy for mobilization and nutritional assessment and intervention. The study IMPROVe-GAP will be conducted following a step wedged design in 8 clinical teams over one year starting with usual care in all teams and ending with the full intervention in all teams and we expect to enrol 800 patients. In a pilot sub study in 100 patients the focus will be on patient reported outcomes, health economic data and testing for 29 potential bacterial and viral pathogens.The research physiotherapist running the IMPROVe-GAP project will also undertake the sub study.

The results from both will form the basis of a Masters degree. If the sub study shows a larger study is feasible and funds can be found the candidate will likely convert to a PhD.

Funding secured: HCF Project Grant A$300,000 Hospitalization for pneumonia in the elderly: Standardizing evidence-based interventions to shorten length of stay, reduce readmissions, reduce hospital costs and improve patient-reported outcomes. Janus E, Karunajeewa H, Skinner E, Ong ML, Karahalios A, Harrison R, Haines T (2016-2017).




Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research
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Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Western Health

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