Foci

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing focuses its research in four distinct areas based on the strengths of The Institute and its faculty. We have received over $10 million in grants since 2010 from Federal agencies and foundations to perform studies in these areas.

Community-Based Care

Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the healthcare system has been transitioning away from a traditional fee-for-service acute care model to a greater focus on community based preventative and disease management care. Having recognized this early on, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing has been on the leading edge of research in community based care. We have focused significant resources on developing and researching care platforms for providing gerosensitive care in the community, partnering with primary care, home health and hospice agencies, social service agencies and other care providers in order to advance research and quality of care for the older adult.

Geriatric Models of Care

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing is well known for our development of geriatric models of care, starting over 20 years when the Nurses Improving Care for Health Systems Elders (NICHE Program) was developed and has now grown to over 700 hospitals nationwide. More current models that have been developed by the institute include our Nurses Improving Care for Primary Care Olders (NIPCOA) and Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training 2.0 program.

Health Service Research

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing focuses work in two branches of health services research. The first involves examining care quality and cost through analysis of large nationwide data-sets, such as Medicare data, examining trends and issues in care in order to affect policy and reimbursement in care of the older adult. The second is in implementation science, where we seek to package evidence-based practices for use in care environments, bringing years of research that sits in academic publications but not in the care environment to life to improve the quality of care provided to older adults.

Palliative Care

Many older adults suffer from severe, life-limiting illnesses. At the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, we perform research to ensure that these vulnerable older adults receive high quality gerosensitive care that helps older adults live as independently with the greatest amount of dignitity as possible, while simultaneously ensuring their care needs and wishes are met.