W. Martin Smith Interdisciplinary Patient Quality and Safety Award


Melanie Hagen, MD

We are proud to announce Dr. Melanie G. Hagen’s proposal, “Advance Directives Completion Rates and an Intervention to Address Health Literacy in a Clinic Population”, was accepted to receive a W. Martin Smith Interdisciplinary Patient Quality and Safety Award.

The aim of this current study is to enhance completion rates of advance directives by taking into consideration a patient’s health literacy level; specifically assessing the impact of an ambulatory intervention on the completion rate of advance directives for patients with adequate and limited health literacy.

The W. Martin Smith IPQSA program provides start-up support for University of Florida COM and HSC faculty and Shands staff to design and implement projects focused on clinical quality, patient safety and clinical process improvement. This grant research program supports projects that are designed to improve patient safety, reduce the likelihood of adverse events or claims, and that are directed at advancing the UF Health strategic quality initiatives. The projects selected for funding may also address national quality initiatives such as the Partnership for Patients, CMS quality improvement programs, IHI and NQF quality initiatives.

Congratulations, Dr. Hagen!