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MultiCare Research Day celebrates research studies, investigators

Posted on Dec. 20, 2016 ( comments)
Research Day 2016

Bethann Pflugeisen, MS, MEd, presenting “Patient Satisfaction with Virtual Obstetric Care.”

MultiCare hosted its second Research Day Friday, Nov. 18, at the MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital campus, highlighting research efforts being conducted across the system.

Investigators shared short presentations from a wide variety of studies, from patient satisfaction with virtual obstetric care to an investigation of childcare environments for Latino children with asthma.

The former showed that patient satisfaction with virtual obstetric care was slightly higher compared to traditional in-person OB visits. Bethann Pflugeisen, MS, MEd, presented this study.

Patients receiving one-third of their routine prenatal care through virtual OB care with an ARNP have outcomes comparable to those of patients seeing a physician in person for every prenatal encounter, according to the study.

The investigation into childcare environments for Latino children with asthma was presented by Stephen Reville, MD, Physician Executive of Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and Robin Evans-Agnew, PhD, RN, AE-C, and Assistant Professor at University of Washington Tacoma. They explained that little is known about environmental risks for Latino children in Pierce County childcare environments.

In the study, a survey tool assessed these environments as well as the educational preferences of childcare providers and determined that environmental risks for asthma existed in every childcare that was part of the study — and childcare providers may not be receiving adequate support for developing health plans for the lung health of Latino children.

Research Day took place in Jackson Hall and a live video feed was provided at other MultiCare hospitals for those who could not attend.

The event concluded with an award ceremony that recognized some of the organization’s best research projects in the following categories:

  • Best Presentation for Work-in-Progress: Thomas Hurt, MD, “Forearm Fracture Reduction by Pediatric Emergency Physicians”
    • Runner-up: Mary S. McCarthy, RN, PhD, "Using Genomics to Assess Vitamin D Deficiency and Supplementation"
  • Best Presentation for Completed Project: David Embrey, MD, “Electrical Stimulation Reduces Symptoms of Intermittent Claudication”
    • Runner-up: Bethann Pflugeisen, MS, MEd, "Patient Satisfaction with Virtual Obstetric Care"
  • Outstanding Research Investigator of the Year Award: Jack Keech, MD
  • Diane Cecchettini Excellence in Research Award: Steven Phillips, MD

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