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Title of grant: Pursuing Safety in Diagnosis and Treatment at the Intersection of Design, Systems Engineering, and Health Services Research (R18)
Organization offering the grant: Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
Abstract: This R18 Request for Application (RFA) calls for the creation and utilization of Patient Safety Learning Laboratories. These learning laboratories are places and networks where transdisciplinary teams identify closely related threats to diagnostic or treatment efforts associated with a high burden of harm and cost. Following a systems engineering methodology, the learning laboratories stretch professional boundaries, envision innovative designs, and take advantage of brainstorming and rapid prototyping techniques that other leading industries employ. Promising prototypes undergo further develop-test-revise iterations, and subsequent integration as a working system. After further improvements are made to the integrated working system, its efficacy is evaluated in a realistic simulated or clinical setting. While applicants will select the area of diagnostic or treatment focus they consider of high significance, a flexible methodology -- problem analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation -- is required that parallels a systems engineering process to give an underlying structure to the work undertaken. In addition to longer-recognized patient safety issues, AHRQ also recognizes the importance of addressing harms caused by diagnostic failure. As a consequence, applications that address the diagnostic as well as the treatment sides of medicine are welcomed.
Categories: Consumers and Patients, Patient Safety , Quality of Care
Eligible Applicants: Private institutions of higher education; Small businesses; Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments); For profit organizations other than small businesses; Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education; Special district governments; County governments; City or township governments; Independent school districts; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); State governments; Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.
Deadline Date: 3-26-2018
Funding Amount: $625,000 per year. Up to 8 awards.
Contact Information
Name: Jerry Calderone

E-mail: Gerald.Calderone@ahrq.hhs.gov
Phone: 301-427-1548
Web URL: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-oppo