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MCW Team to Implement New Assessment Tool for Patients with Vestibular Disorders

Jan. 12, 2014

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin has awarded a $25,000 “Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Pilot Model Grant” to develop a novel clinical care pathway for patients with vestibular disorders. The vestibular system is a complex network involving the inner ears, eyes, brain, muscles and peripheral nervous system.

David Friedland, MD, PhD, professor and vice-chair of otolaryngology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and chief of the division of otology, neuro-otology and skull base surgery, is the principal investigator on the grant.

Complaints of dizziness and imbalance can be associated with many vestibular and non-vestibular disorders including inner ear problems, vision changes, cardiac or neurologic disease, and psychological and social conditions. Because of this complex disease process, patients often require long appointments and extensive testing.

Dr. Friedland and his clinical and research team have developed a comprehensive vestibular disorders questionnaire for new patients. With this grant, information from the questionnaire will be correlated with patient outcomes using statistical modeling to more efficiently and accurately triage patients, and improve overall quality of healthcare delivery.

The main outcome of this quality improvement study will be to develop an innovative evidence-based vestibular disorders care pathway that provides high patient value with efficient, appropriate, and expeditious clinical evaluation.

The “Innovations in Healthcare Delivery” grants are supported by the Medical College Physicians, MCW’s physician practice group caring for adult patients, and the CTSI. The fundamental goal is to stimulate innovative pilot projects that promise to measurably and meaningfully improve delivery of healthcare in terms of clinical quality, patient experience, value and efficiency.

CTSI is part of a national consortium of top medical research institutions. Working together, the CTSI institutions are committed to improve human health by streamlining science, transforming training environments and improving the conduct, quality and dissemination of clinical and translational research. The CTSI program is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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