MISU Research

Overview/Mission

The mission of the MISU is to develop and evaluate automated systems for monitoring, educating, and counseling patients and consumers regarding their health, and to facilitate the care that they receive from health providers.

Grants

Just-in-Time Information for Exercise Adoption
Dates of Total Award: 1/15/05-1/15/07
Funding Source: Government / NIH: NLM
Project Description: The major goal of this study is to assess the efficacy of a novel personal digital assistant (PDA)-based system that can automatically detect bouts of moderate or greater walking and deliver health behavior change information to users to increase their levels of physical activity.

Impact of a Telecommunication System in Childhood Asthma
Dates of Total Award: 9/30/99-9/29/03
Funding Source: Government / NIH: NHLBI
Project Description: The major goal of this study is to assess the efficacy of Telephone-Linked-Communications for Asthma (TLC-Asthma) in the care for children with mild-moderate persistent symptomatic asthma.

Exercise Advice by Human or Computer: Testing Two Theories
Dates of Total Award: 6/1/99-5/30/03
Funding Source: Government: NIH: NCI; subcontract from Stanford University
Project Description: The major goal of this project is to evaluate two telephone-based interventions for promoting physical activity: human counselor and computer counselor. The study will test intrinsic and extrinsic theories of behavior change modification.

Automated Population-Based Smoking Cessation Programs
Dates of Total Award: 9/30/97-1/31/02
Funding Source: Government: NIH: NCI; subcontract from URI
Project Description: The major goals of this project are to develop and evaluate efficacious and cost-effective combinations of behavioral interventions and Nicotine Replace Therapy (NRT) for smoking cessation.

Diet Adherence Intervention for Dyslipidemia (DietAid)
Dates of Total Award: 6/10/98-8/31/02
Funding Source: Government / NIH: NHLBI
Project Description: The purpose of this study is to determine the competitive advantage of different automated channels for delivering health behavior change communications programs. To do so, we will compare an efficacious automated dietary behavior change program for decreasing cardiovascular risk delivered using 1) computer telephony or by 2) the Web.

Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Via A Telecommunication System
Dates of Total Award: 4/1/99-9/30/01
Funding Source: Government / Veteran’s Administration

Automated Tele-Counseling for Screening Mammography
Dates of Total Award: 7/1/00-6/30/04
Funding Source: Government / NIH: NCI
Project Description: The major goal of this study is to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a telecommunications system to increase regular annual mammography screening in women ages 50 and older.

Automated Telephone Screening for Problem Drinking
Dates of Total Award: 7/1/00-12/20/02
Funding Source: Foundation: Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation
Project Description: The major goal of this project is to develop and evaluate an automated telephone system for screening for problem drinking.

Evaluation of Home Asthma Telemonitoring
Dates of Total Award: 9/1/00 – 7/31/04
Funding Source: Government / NIH: NHLBI
Project Description: The major goal of this project is to evaluate in a randomized control trial the impact of a Home Asthma Telemonitoring (HAT) system on clinical, urgent care services utilization and behavioral outcomes in adult asthma patients.

Telehone-Linked care for Cancer Symptom Management
Dates of Total Award: 4/16/01 – 3/31/04
Funding Source: Government: NIH: NCI; subcontract from Utah University
Project Description: The major goal of this study is help physicians better manage patientsÕ symptoms due to cancer chemotherapy.

Telecom System to Improve Adherence to Antidepressants
Dates of Total Award: 9/21/01-8/31/04
Funding Source: Government / NIH: NIMH
Project Description: The major goal of this project is improve medication-taking and followup visit adherence among patients treated for unipolar depression.

Interactive Multirisk-factor Intervention for HTN Blacks
Dates of Total Award: 9/30/01 – 8/31/05
Funding Source: Government / NIH: NHLBI
Project Description: The major goal of this study is to improve adherence to medication, exercise, and nutrition regimens in an inner-city African American population through the use of a culturally sensitive, automated, and interactive intervention.

ITR/PE: Using Context Recognition for Preventative Medicine in the Home
Dates of Total Award: 9/15/01 – 8/31/03
Funding Source: Government / NSF subcontract from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Description: The major goal of this study is to develop and evaluate “smart” home technology for preventive medicine.

Computerized Population Programs for Three Cancer Risks
Dates of Total Award: 9/26/01 – 8/31/06
Funding Source: Government: NIH: NCI; subcontract from University Rhode Island
Project Description: The major goal of this project is to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of two different interventions based on the Transtheoretical Model: a telecommunications system compared to a system that generates letters, for smoking cessation, increasing physical activity and dietary modification.

Telecom Technology to Improve Adherence to Medication Regimens
Dates of Total Award: 7/17/02 – 6/30/07
Funding Source: Government: NIH: OBSSR
Project Description: The major goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an automated telecommunications system for improving the adherence of patients with chronic disease to their medication regimens.

TLC Telephone System for Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers
Dates of Total Award: 9/15/95-8/31/00
Funding Source: NIH/NIA
Project Description: The major goal of this project is to access the impact of a Telephone-Linked Computer System to reduce family caregiver stress related to disruptive behaviors with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Physical Activity Promotion for CHD Risk Reduction
Dates of Total Award: 9/1/95-4/30/00
Funding Source: NIH/NHLBI
Project Description: The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of a Telephone Linked Communications for Activity Counseling and Tracking (TLC-ACT) program to increase and maintain physical activity levels in older Americans.

Computer-based Adherence Interventions in Clinical Trials
Dates of Total Award: 7/1/92-6/30/96
Funding Source: NIH/NCNR
Project Description: To assess the efficiency of two computer-based methods to improve the adherence of study subjects in clinical trials to the study medication regimens

Telecommunication System to Improve Function of Elderly with Angina
Dates of Total Award: 5/1/94-4/30/97
Funding Source: NIH/NHLBI
Project Description: To assess by means of a randomized clinical trial, the impact of a Telephone-Linked Computer System (TLC) in coronary heart disease to improve the functional status of older persons with angina. The TLC will monitor patients, give feedback to reinforce compliance with medications and communicate patient status to physicians to promote medication adjustments.

TLC-Elder Care: An Automated Method of Monitoring Functional Disabled Elders Living at Home
Dates of Total Award: 9/1/94-4/30/96
Funding Source: The Medical Foundation/Charles H Farnsworth Trust

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