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Teresa M. Damush, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
Co-Principal Investigator, VA HSR&D Precision Monitoring to Transform Care Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (PRIS-M QUERI)

   Dr. Damush is a research health psychologist specializing in the design and evaluation of patient centered programs that empower the patient to modify controllable factors that may improve health-related quality of life in both primary and specialty care practices. She conducts research as a core investigator in the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication and is appointed Associate Research Professor of Medicine in the Indiana University School of Medicine.

 

   Dr. Damush is an expert on active implementation methodology and patient self-management. Nationally, she has served on the planning committees of the National Health Services Research & Development and Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) meetings at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and is a member of the VA Health Services Research & Development Scientific Member Review Board for Chronic Disease and Quality of Life Outcomes.

 

   As co-principal investigator for the PRIS-M QUERI Center, Dr. Damush's research focuses on implementing evidence-based practices for stroke survivors and caregivers. She has funding from of the Department of Veterans Affairs to adapt existing evidence-based tools for secondary stroke prevention from hospital discharge to the patient home setting.  

Active Projects

 

PRIS-M: Precision Monitoring to Transform Care 

2015-20, Corresponding Principal Investigator and Implementation Science Core Director

Solicitation: VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI): QUE 15-280

Aims: The PRIS-M QUERI uses VHA electronic health record data to implement precision monitoring to improve the quality and outcomes of care for Veterans across multiple healthcare settings. Within this program, projects span multiple conditions and settings to implement and evaluate the use of electronic clinical quality measures and decision support tools, and study how these data activate VHA clinical healthcare teams and Veterans to improve the quality and outcomes of VHA care.

 

PrOVE: PeRsonalizing Options through Veteran Engagement

2015-19, Co-Investigator (Lowery, PI)

Solicitation:  VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), QUE 15-286

Aims: External Facilitation using Systems Redesign and Coaching will be developed and implemented targeting quality improvement by the MOVE Coordinators and Health Behavior Specialists at each VA facility across the US to assist Veterans with behavioral modification for weight loss.

 

VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC)

2013-18, Co-Investigator (Weiner, PI)

Solicitation:  VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), CIN 13-416

Aims: Generate knowledge about the design and utility of innovative health information technology approaches to improve the quality and outcomes of care.  Role:  Co-investigator

 

Telephone Assessment and Skill-Building Intervention for Informal Caregivers of Stroke and TBI patients.

2012-18, Co-Investigator (Daggett, PI)

Solicitation:  VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), Study # NRI 12-415

Aims: A randomized, controlled trial to evaluate the TASK II and TASK II-TBI interventions which are turnkey programs offering comprehensive training and support for family of caregivers of Veterans with stroke and traumatic brain injury at two VA sites.

 

MINDSPACE Strategy for Risk Optimization, Knowledge, and Empowerment

2015-17, Co-Investigator (Williams, PI)

Solicitation:  Genentech

Aims: This project aims to evaluate four different mailed messages to determine which message prompts the greatest proportion of high-risk stroke patients to call a health navigator for help in improving stroke risk factors. Study participants include patients in the highest quintile of stroke risk, based on their electronic health record-derived Framingham stroke risk score, in two Indianapolis healthcare systems.

 

Evaluation of the Implementation of a TeleRobotics Program for Stroke Patients: National Stroke TeleRehab Headquarters for the Enterprise Wide Expansion of Rural Stroke TeleRehab Access

2016-19, Co-Investigator (Butler, PI)

Solicitation:  Office of Specialty Care Services and Office of Rural Health

Aims: Evaluation of the National TeleStroke Program in VHA.

 

Stroke Self-Management Effect on Function and Stroke Quality of Life

2012-17, Principal Investigator

Solicitation:  VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), Project # SDP10-379

Aims: This study is a randomized controlled trial testing the effect of a stroke self-management program on functioning and stroke specific quality of life across three sites: Methodist Hospital, & Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis and the Jesse Brown VAMC in Chicago.

 

Selected Publications                          |                          Go To PubMed List >>

 

  1. Rattray NA, Damush TM, Luckhurst C, Bauer-Martinez CJ, Homoya BJ, Miech EJ. Prime movers: Advanced practice professionals in the role of stroke coordinator.  J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2017 Apr 25. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12462. PubMed PMID: 28440589.

  2. Damush TM, Myers L, Anderson JA, Yu Z, Ofner S, Nicholas G, Kimmel B, Schmid AA, Kent T, Williams LS. Erratum to: The effect of a locally adapted, secondary stroke risk factor self-management program on medication adherence among veterans with stroke. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):469. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0412-x. PubMed PMID: 27528534; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4987611

  3. Damush TM, Myers L, Anderson JA, Yu Z, Ofner S, Nicholas G, Kimmel B, Schmid AA, Kent T, Williams LS. The effect of a locally adapted, secondary stroke risk factor self-management program on medication adherence among veterans with stroke/TIA. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):457-68. doi: 10.1007/s13142-015-0348-6. Erratum in: Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):469. PubMed PMID: 27349906; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4987603.

  4. Damush TM, Kroenke K, Bair MJ, Wu J, Tu W, Krebs EE, Poleshuck E. Pain self-management training increases self-efficacy, self-management behaviours and pain and depression outcomes. Eur J Pain. 2016 Aug;20(7):1070-8. doi: 10.1002/ejp.830. PubMed PMID: 26849410

  5. Ross JS, Williams L, Damush TM, Matthias M. Physician and other healthcare personnel responses to hospital stroke quality of care performance feedback: a qualitative study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Jun;25(6):441-7. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004197. PubMed PMID: 26253122.

  6. Matthias MS, Kukla M, McGuire AB, Damush TM, Gill N, Bair MJ. Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in a Peer Support Intervention for Veterans With Chronic Pain. Clin J Pain. 2016 Jun;32(6):534-40. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000297. PubMed PMID: 26340653; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4794408.

  7. Williams L, Daggett V, Slaven JE, Yu Z, Sager D, Myers J, Plue L, Woodward-Hagg H, Damush TM. A cluster-randomised quality improvement study to improve two inpatient stroke quality indicators. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Apr;25(4):257-64. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004188. PubMed PMID: 26303644

  8. Daggett VS, Woodward-Hagg H, Damush TM, Plue L, Russell S, Allen G, Williams LS, Chumbler NR, Bravata DM. Health care systems redesign project to improve dysphagia screening. J Nurs Care Qual. 2015 Jul-Sep;30(3):226-32. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000096. PubMed PMID: 25463001.

  9. Bidassie B, Williams LS, Woodward-Hagg H, Matthias MS, Damush TM. Key components of external facilitation in an acute stroke quality improvement collaborative in the Veterans Health Administration. Implement Sci. 2015 May 14;10:69. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0252-y. PubMed PMID: 25971405; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4437451.

  10. Bair MJ, Ang D, Wu J, Outcalt SD, Sargent C, Kempf C, Froman A, Schmid AA, Damush TM, Yu Z, Davis LW, Kroenke K. Evaluation of Stepped Care for Chronic Pain (ESCAPE) in Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May;175(5):682-9. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.97. PubMed PMID: 25751701.

 


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