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To cut costs and improve outcomes, increase patient activation

By Zack Budryk FierceHealthcare March 4, 2015
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Increased levels of patient engagement through patient activation improve outcomes as well as lower healthcare costs, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Researchers, led by Jessica Greene of George Washington University's School of Nursing, analyzed patient activation levels for more than 32,000 adult patients at Minnesota's Fairview Health Services ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Health Affairs: patient activation impact on cost + outcome

By Casey Quinlan e-patients.net March 2, 2015
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In a study report hitting the digital wires on Health Affairs at 4pm Eastern time today (March 2, 2015), a group of researchers are reporting the results of a longitudinal study of Patient Activation Measure (PAM) impact on cost and outcome metrics from a large study cohort. The results show that activated, engaged ...

Administration

Wider attention for gain-of-function science

By Harvey Fineberg Science February 27, 2015
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An editorial from Moore Foundation president Harvey Fineberg appears today in Science magazine. The editorial draws attention to gain-of-function (GOF) research, which focuses on pathogens with pandemic potential such as influenza. The U.S. government halted funding for GOF research in October 2014 to assess benefits and risks.

Read the full editorial ...

ICU Consortium

Doctors strive to do less harm by inattentive care

By Gina Kolata New York Times February 18, 2015
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Suffering. The very word made doctors uncomfortable. Medical journals avoided it, instructing authors to say that patients "'have' a disease or complications or side effects rather than 'suffer' or 'suffer from' them," said Dr. Thomas H. Lee, the chief medical officer of Press Ganey, a company that surveys hospital patients....

Can better data help save the oceans? This big foundation thinks so

By Tate Williams Inside Philanthropy February 18, 2015
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Data and oceans are two of the biggest topics in philanthropy these days, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is a leader in both. One of its latest grants targets the intersection of the two, just off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

The foundation recently awarded $1.6 million to Monmouth University ...

WWF: Tuna sector making huge strides toward sustainability

By Drew Cherry Intrafish February 13, 2015
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Bill Fox, vice president Fisheries, WWF US, had an optimistic view of the strides taken to improve the sustainability in the tuna sector of late.

"I've seen more progress in the last five years than in my entire career," he said, speaking at a seminar on the sustainable sourcing policies ...

10 Best Readers' Choice: Best Place for Wildlife

USA Today February 12, 2015
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USA Today's 10 Best Places for Wildlife includes two places that the Moore Foundation has helped conserve:

  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve 
    USA Today: "A trip to Pacaya Samiria Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon means the chance to see pink and gray river dolphins, howler monkeys, sloths, brilliant macaws and bright butterflies."...

How much carbon are our trees actually sucking up?

By Ben Schiller Fast Company February 11, 2015
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Without a strategy to maintain the world's forests, we may as well give up on climate change and accept our fate. Trees are that important. Deforestation contributes about 15% of all greenhouse gases, because a lot of a tree's mass is carbon. When you cut it down or burn it, ...

Patient and Family Engagement

The patient is the most important member of the team

By Dominick Frosch British Medical Journal February 10, 2015
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Twenty five years after he had type 1 diabetes diagnosed, Dominick Frosch finds health professionals still fail to treat him as an equal in managing his disease.

In January 1988, just before I turned 17, I was told I had type 1 diabetes. I had to learn to live ...

Conservation

Bids in Tuesday for giant north coast forest land

By Mary Callahan The Press Democrat February 9, 2015
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A coalition of conservation groups with visions of riverfront parkland, environmentally friendly forestry practices and watershed preservation will submit a bid Tuesday on 30,000 acres of redwood timber holdings and bluff-top land at the mouth of the Gualala River, straddling Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Led by the Conservation Fund in ...