• CHPR News

    April 2021

Update on COVID-19 Pilot Projects

Research findings from two UC Davis pilot studies of how COVID-19 has impacted health-related services are being published in the scientific literature. These studies, along with three others, were supported by pilot grants co-sponsored by UC Davis’ Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), Center for Health and Technology (CHT) and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE).

Diana Miglioretti, who received an award to conduct “Sacramento Area Breast Imaging Registry (SABIR): Impact of COVID-19 on Breast Cancer Screening, Surveillance, Diagnosis, and Treatment, said the pilot funds were “instrumental in allowing [her team] to collaborate with several BCSC breast imaging registries” on several aspects of her project. Dr. Miglioretti, Ph.D. and Professor and Division Chief of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health Sciences, has been documenting delays in breast cancer screening and related care due to COVID-19 and determining whether disparities in access, timeliness of care, and treatment quality in vulnerable populations have been compounded during the quarantine. The first two publications of her findings, “Assessment of a risk-based approach for triaging mammography examinations during periods of reduced capacity” and “Changes in mammography utilization by women’s characteristics during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic,” are currently in press at JAMA Open Network and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, respectively.

Dr. Miglioretti and her collaborators also received a $500,000 enhancement from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support this work and have had two additional papers on this project accepted for publication in Preventive Medicine.

Jennifer Rosenthal and Kristin Hoffman, both M.D.s in the UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, received a pilot grant to support their study: “Virtual Family-Centered Rounds during COVID-19 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.” In response to the inability of parents to visit their children in the neonatal intensive care unit because of the pandemic, these researchers began studying the feasibility and acceptability of using Zoom to allow parents to virtually attend weekday “family-centered rounds” (FCR). Drs. Rosenthal and Hoffman also have been exploring the effects of virtual FCRs on parents and quality of care. Their first manuscript describing the project’s findings has been accepted for publication in Academic Pediatrics and they will give two presentations on the project at this Spring’s Pediatric Academic Societies' (PAS) conference (which will be held virtually).

Please check back to this webpage for future postings comprising additional updates on these and other COVID-19 pilot studies.