Leveraging Health Information Technology and Team Change to Improve Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Rheumatoid Arthritis (TEACH-RA)

8/1/2014 to 1/31/2017
Pfizer Inc. Independent Grants for Learning & Change

About this Project

The goal of this project is to implement and test a practical multi-faceted system-based intervention that will:

(1) increase CVD risk factor assessment (blood pressure [BP], total and HDL cholesterol, diabetes mellitus [DM] status, and smoking status) among RA patients;

(2) systematically identify unaddressed increased CVD risk or uncontrolled risk factors in a manner that is consistent with current U.S. guidelines and accounts for increased CVD risk in RA;

(3) increase rheumatologist counseling about CVD risk; and

(4) increase appropriate pharmacotherapy for CVD risk reduction (specifically moderate-to-high intensity statins and antihypertensives) by promoting co-management and improving physician-to-physician communication.

(Co-PI: Darcy Majka, MD/MS)

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Collaborating Investigators

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission