Current Projects

Toward a Better Understanding of Social Workers on Integrated Care Delivery Teams

This project is is supported by University of Michigan Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center and is being completed in collaboration with the University of North Carolina.  Investigators: Lisa de Saxe Zerden, PhD, MSW; Erica Richman, PhD, MSW; Br… Read more »

Barriers and facilitators for the LPN-to-RN transition: Perspectives from practicing LPNs

Investigators:  Cheryl B. Jones, PhD, RN; Mark Toles, PhD, RN; Anna Beeber, PhD, RN Background and Policy Relevance: The Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing Report (IOM, 2011) called for an increase in the percentage of registered nurses (RNs) with… Read more »

Integration of Rehabilitation Care from the Acute to Community Setting: The Role of Physician Referral

Investigators: Janet Freburger, PT, PhD (no longer at The Sheps Center) Background Physical therapy is effective in the treatment of many musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions.(1-5) Medicare, some state Medicaid programs, and some private insurers… Read more »

Developing a Better Understanding of Medical Assistants’ Roles and Functions in Primary Care Settings

Investigators: Erin Fraher PhD MPP & Dana Neutze MD PhD Background: There are over 600,000 Medical Assistants (MAs) in practice in the United States.[1] MAs are one of the fastest growing health professions and their numbers are expected to increas… Read more »

Exploring the Magnitude and Timing of Physician Specialty Changes

Investigators: Erin Fraher PhD MPP, Andy Knapton MSc Background/Study Purpose:  Congressional proposals to expand Graduate Medical Education have set a goal of funding 3,000 new PGY1 slots for five years for a total of 15,000 new residency positions. … Read more »