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Ann M. Kolanowski (Left) Kimberly Van Haitsma (Right)

Ann M. Kolanowski (Left)
Kimberly Van Haitsma (Right)

Professor Ann Kolanowski and Associate Professor Kimberly Van Haitsma are among three multiple PIs (MPIs) for a team that has received a $2.26 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Implementation of EIT-4-BPSD in Nursing Homes.”

EIT-4-BPSD combines three components: (1) the Evidence Integration Triangle (EIT) framework, which brings together evidence and key stakeholders to influence care practices; (2) a theoretically based four-step approach found effective in prior implementation work; and (3) a Nursing Home Toolkit developed to advance the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Reduce Antipsychotic Use in Nursing Homes, which requires that care for residents with dementia be delivered using person-centered behavioral approaches.

“Our goal is to demonstrate that EIT-4-BPSD enables nursing home staff to reduce BPSD using behavioral approaches while optimizing function, preventing adverse effects, and improving quality of life for residents,” Kolanowski said. “This study will add critical knowledge about implementation of effective interventions in nursing facilities and serve as an implementation model with potential for wide dissemination.”

The third MPI is Barbara Resnick, professor of nursing at the University of Maryland.