Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
December 2009

Submission deadline:
November 6, 2009


Grants and Funding

Subject: Hepatitis C Antiviral Treatment Rates: Understanding Racial Disparities.
Principal Investigators: Michael Chapko, PhD, and Susan Zickmund, PhD.
Sponsor: VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service.
Purpose: This study will explore the reasons for the documented disparity in the rates of treating hepatitis C infection in African American patients and white patients. The results will be used to develop, implement, and assess a culturally specific intervention designed to reduce and eliminate the disparity.

Subject: Social Norms Governing Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Triage for Critically Ill Elders with Terminal Illness: A Simulation Study.
Principal Investigators: Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, and Robert Arnold, MD.
Sponsor: Greenwall Foundation.
Purpose: The goal of this project is to explore differences in the ways in which physicians from two hospitals—one with high-intensity end-of-life treatment and the other with low-intensity end-of-life treatment—operationalize the basic tenets of medical ethics. It will use high-fidelity simulation to identify how the differences influence ICU triage communication and decision making.