‌Innovations in Practice


Mapping HPV vaccine compliance

Though it's a mandate, just 27 percent of Virginia girls receive the full three-series HPV vaccine, compared to the nation's 38 percent rate. So why are so few getting the vaccine, and among those who opt-in, what makes the difference?

With funding from the National Cancer Institute, professors Jessica Keim-Malpass and Emma Mitchell plan to establish a vaccine 'map' and determine best practices for presenting the HPV vaccine going forward. >>


A testing ground for new ideas

How does a nurse take a good idea from concept to action?

First, they write it out. Discuss it with colleagues. Do research. Plan for contingencies.

And then they take it to 3 West, UVA Medical Center's three-year-old Innovations Unit for a test-run. >>

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Study aims to more readily identify dementia’s warning signs in older African-Americans

Research has already established that African-Americans, among other minority groups, suffer disproportionately from vascular problems, and that those problems are strongly associated with the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Given the risks, could primary care do a better job identifying early warning signs among African-Americans who might be en route to this debilitating brain disorder? >>


Detecting, aiding victims of domestic violence by computer

Are pregnant women more likely to reveal they're victims of domestic violence to an iPad than to a querying human? And if they are, could a tablet computer be a better route to encourage abused women to get help in a safer, more expeditious manner? Linda Bullock and colleagues from Johns Hopkins received a $4 million NIH grant to find out. >>