Hartford Geriatrics Health Outcomes Research Scholars Awards Program

Funded by a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation, Geriatrics Health Outcomes Research Scholars Awards Program provided two years of support for physician-scientists during the critical transition from junior faculty to independent researcher. Awardees evidenced a commitment to leveraging outcomes-based research to improve the care of older adults.

Outcomes research is defined as the study of functional status, impairments, perceptions, social opportunities, and health services utilization influenced by disease, injury, treatment, or health policy. The scholars’ research focused on older adults and addressed clinical strategies and effectiveness, innovative outcomes measures, and quality of life.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2009  

    Daniel Matlock, MD (University of Colorado)
    Measuring the Quality of the Decision to Receive an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator

    Jane Givens (Hebrew SeniorLife)
    Experiences of Family Members of Nursing Home Patients with Advanced Dementia

  • 2008
    Sarah Berry, MD (Hebrew SeniorLife/Harvard Medical School)
    Medications as Acute Precipitants of Falls in the Nursing Home Setting

    Holly M. Holmes, MD (University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center)
    Utility of Medications for Patients with Cancer in Hospice Care

    Sei Lee, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
    Glycemic Control and Health Outcomes in Frail, Dependent Elders

    Stephen Thielke, MD (University of Washington)
    The Effects of Pain on Health and Quality of Life in Older Adults

    Alexia Torke (Indiana University)
    A Prospective, Observational Study of Surrogate Decision Making for Hospitalized Older Adults

  • 2007

    Timothy Girard, MD (Vanderbilt University)
    Delirium as a Predictor of Cognitive Impairment in Older ICU Patients

    Supriya Gupta Mohile, MD (University of Rochester)
    Patterns of Care and Outcomes of Vulnerable Elders with Cancer

    Heather Whitson, MD (Duke University)
    Adding Insult to Insult: Functional Consequences of Comorbid Cognitive Impairment in Elders with Macular Disease

    Brie Williams, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
    The Health, Functional Status and Health Outcomes of Older Adults in Prison and After Release


  • 2006

    Vineet Arora, MD (University of Chicago)
    Measuring the Quality of Care for Hospitalized Vulnerable Elders

    S. Nicole Hastings (Duke University)
    Incidence and Predictors of Adverse Outcomes in Older Adults Discharged from the Emergency Department

    Aanand Naik, MD (Baylor College of Medicine)
    Goal-Setting for Older Adults with Multiple Morbid Conditions

    Mara Schonberg, MD (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
    Breast Cancer Screening Characteristics and Outcomes Among Oldest-old Women

  • 2005

    Margaret C. Fang, MD (University of California, San Francisco)
    Use and Outcomes of Warfarin for Older Adults with Atrial Fibrillation

    Nathan Goldstein, MD (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
    Decision Making in Older Patients with Implantable Defibrillators

    Lillian Min, MD (University of Michigan)
    Does Better Overall Quality of Care of Older Ambulatory Care Patients Result in Decreased Mortality and Functional Decline?

    Kaycee Sink, MD (Wake Forest School of Medicine)
    Balancing Risks and Benefits of Pharmacotherapy in Older Adults: Cognitive and Functional Outcomes Associated with Anticholinergic Use

    Lisa Walke, MD (Yale University)
    Barriers to and Facilitators of Strategies to Alleviate Symptoms in Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease