Dr. Patricia Dykes

Dr. Patricia Dykes

What has been the impact of your INQRI project?  Our INQRI funded fall prevention toolkit (Fall TIPS) was the first health information technology intervention to demonstrate a significant decrease in patient falls in acute care, short stay hospitals.

How did interdisciplinary collaboration impact your INQRI study? The INQRI program promoted interdisciplinary collaboration from project conception through dissemination. Ongoing collaboration across the project lifecycle inspired our interdisciplinary team of nurses, physicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and human factors experts to think about fall prevention in new and innovative ways. The result was a fall prevention toolkit that was easily integrated into busy acute care workflows and a well powered study to demonstrate effectiveness.

What impact has the INQRI program itself had on your research? In addition to promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration, dissemination has been a focus of INQRI. From the beginning, grantees were encouraged to publish their work in high impact interdisciplinary journals to ensure that our projects had broad impact. A key strength of the INQRI program is that grantees were given the tools to disseminate our work widely. Between presentations from editors of leading journals to dissemination coaching by communication specialists– we were prepared to disseminate our work across many different audiences. As a result, our team widely published our INQRI funded research in peer reviewed journals inside and outside of nursing including the Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN), Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA), and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).