The University of Pittsburgh's Comparative Effectiveness Research Scholars Program

Faculty Role: 
Grant Faculty: 
Grant Role: 
Funding Agency: 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant/Contract No.: 
K12 HS019461-01
Project Dates: 
07/01/2010 to 06/30/2013

This intramurally awarded K grant provided me with salary support during my transition to becoming an independently-funded, translational scientist. It supported tuition for training in comparative effectiveness research and pharmacoepidemiology. As part of this grant, I developed my research program in informatics to improve medication safety. Projects I completed during the award include a systematic review of the effectiveness of antidepressants for nursing home residents, a review of pharmacokinetic drug interactions affecting antidepressants, a study concordance between various sources of psychotropic drug-drug interaction information, and a pilot study of an innovation to enhance the safety, efficacy, and effectiveness in information in drug product labeling. During the last five months of my funding, I am completing a study of the prevalence of exposure to antidepressant drug-drug interactions in the United States nursing home population and designing a pilot active monitoring system for nursing home residents exposed to drug-drug interactions.