BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s
Institute for Person-Centered Care (IPCC) recently awarded grants
totaling more than $31,000 to five UB faculty members.
The IPCC, founded in 2012, leads research surrounding
person-centered care and aging. The center works to ensure
individuals receive the highest level of quality of life, and
remain engaged in meaningful relationships and purposeful
activities throughout their lifespan, despite disability.
“Aging well is one of the grand challenges facing
society,” says Davina Porock, associate dean for research and
scholarship in the School of Nursing and director of the IPCC.
“Much research on aging has focused on disease and
disability rather than strengths and resilience. Through funding
these projects, the IPCC aims to support and bring together a wide
range of disciplines to develop approaches, technologies and
service models that enable people to age well, strengthen
independence and provide services that hold the person’s own
values, goals and preferences central to care choices and
The projects and grant recipients:
- “Cyber-empathic healthcare prognostics: Using sensor
integrated shoe inserts to support prognostics to mitigate falling
in an aging population,” Andrew Olewnik, director of
Experimental Learning Programs and adjunct assistant professor,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Researchers
will use shoes implanted with sensors and mobility tests to screen
those at-risk for falling. The research could potentially improve
screening methods and footwear design to reduce the risk of falling
in an aging population.
- “Facilitating Collaborative Self-Assessment and
Monitoring by Elders through Automated Observations of Daily
Living,” Eduardo Mercado III, associate professor, Department
of Psychology. The project will use a non-invasive sensor, the E4,
to collect heart rate, temperature, sleep patterns and other
physiological measurements at all times to determine if knowing
when problems arise during the day can empower caregivers to
identify issues and provide better care.
- “Unveiling Comfort Measures Only: Nurses
Perspective,” Mary Ann Meeker, associate professor, School of
Nursing. The project will examine the practices related to Comfort
Measures Only (CMO), a medical order that is sometimes applied to
guide the care of a seriously ill hospitalized patient, from the
perspectives of registered nurses. The findings will contribute to
the revision of practices.
- “Comprehensive In-home Monitoring for Post Stroke
Mobility,” Ehsan T Esfahani, assistant professor, Department
of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The project will use a
wireless in-home monitoring system to aid in the physical
rehabilitation of stroke patients. The system will provide instant
data on functional task engagement and movement recovery, and will
help care professionals monitor progress and recommend further
- “Critical Time Intervention: A Person-Centered Approach
to Promote Self-Sufficiency in Justice-Involved Individuals,”
Linda S. Kahn, professor, Department of Family Medicine. This
project will review methods used to treat the justice-involved
population, or those who are or have been imprisoned. It will
examine if the methods successfully improve the population’s
ability to become self-sufficient.
More details about the individual studies are available on the
IPCC website: http://www.buffalo.edu/ipcc/PCCMeasurement/ResearchCompetition.html.