Research & Program Areas

A Partnership to Translate an Evidence-Based Intervention for Vulnerable Older Adults with Heart Disease

Even effective interventions developed by CMCD investigators often fail to make the transition from research to real-world practice. In this study funded by the National Institute on Aging, CMCD investigators are working under the direction of Cathleen Connell, PhD, to translate an evidence-based CMCD program into a model that improves care for older, primarily African-American adults with heart disease.

The study is being conducted in partnership with the Rosa Parks Geriatric Center at the Detroit Medical Center and the Detroit Area Agency on Aging. The specific aims of are to: (1) adapt, pilot test, and implement the “take PRIDE” heart disease management program; (2) conduct a randomized trial of the translated intervention to determine its effects on outcomes including cardiac symptoms; functional health status; and acute events; (3) assess the factors that help and hinder the translation process; (4) assess the intervention’s cost savings and return on investment to the organizational partners; and (5) develop guidelines for replicating the intervention in other low-income areas through the national network of Area Agencies on Aging.

For more information, contact Jessica Ramsay at



Community, Heart Disease, Older Adults

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