HCSRN Webinar: Title: Designing and Implementing Multi-Site Pragmatic Trial...

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Please join us on Tuesday, August 13th for an insightful presentation by Robert Penfold,

Robert Penfold, PhD, is a health services research and health policy expert whose work focuses on developing and testing strategies to optimize behavioral health care delivery and patient outcomes—particularly in children and adolescents. His research addresses practical issues, such as how to reduce unnecessary use of antipsychotic medications in youth.

Dr. Penfold is a co-investigator in the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN). He leads the MHRN’s child and adolescent scientific interest group.

We have several multi-site pragmatic trials ongoing at KPWHRI. These studies have benefited from embedding some or all of the study intervention in Epic including automated patient recruitment, outreach via secure message, “registries” using reporting workbench. This webinar will report on our experience obtaining approval from clinical and health system leaders, creating elements in Epic, distributing Epic packages across sites, IRB issues, and quality assurance issues. We are hoping that the model for organizing pragmatic trials at KPWHRI can be spread across the HCSRN and increase the network’s competitive advantage for getting more of these studies funded.

His other recent and ongoing projects include:

•A Targeted Approach to a Safer Use of Antipsychotics in Youth (SUAY), a $10 million, five-year National Institutes of Health clinical trial that is developing and testing new ways to support clinicians and families in choosing safer treatments for behavioral disorders in youth age 5 to 17.

•Assisted Identification and Navigation of Early Mental Health Symptoms in Youth. A National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded clinical trial designed to increase the early identification and treatment of youth with mental health symptoms and complaints.

•Automated Outreach for Depression, a NIMH-funded study to decrease premature dropout from depression treatment.

•STAR Caregivers—Virtual Training and Follow-up, a National Institute on Aging funded clinical trial to improve the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and reduce caregiver burden without the use of antipsychotic medications.

Please mark your calendars for August 13th (1 pm Pacific / 4 pm Eastern) and use the info below to join us:

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