Jerry Krishnan, M.D., Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for the Population Health Sciences Program at University of Illinois in Chicago and an ACRC principal investigator, and his research team excitedly continue to move forward on their INSPIRE pilot project. “Our plans are in motion to help lift the burden to COPD patients and caregivers, in partnership with their healthcare providers.”
As part of this progress, Sandra Zaeh, M.D., M.S., newly joined as an INSPIRE co-investigator. Dr. Zaeh, a pulmonary/critical care fellow at Johns Hopkins University, will play a lead role in
interviewing patients and healthcare providers about their decisions regarding home oxygen. The INSPIRE patient investigators, Michele DaSilva, Karen Deitemeyer and Annette Woodruff, are likewise are currently completing their human subjects training so that they can fully collaborate. The training will help to ensure that all study investigators are aware of regulatory and ethical best practices.
Meanwhile, the team reviewed examples of shared decision-making tools for other conditions (e.g., use of statins for heart disease) and will soon review the recently published American Thoracic Society guidelines about home oxygen in preparation for submitting the INSPIRE study protocol for Institutional Review Board approval.