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Utah Quality Advancement Laboratory (UQuAL) Research

Recent Grants

Active Grants

  • 04/1/2020 - 03/31/2025
    • Principal Investigator: Engaging Hospitalists to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing at Hospital Discharge. Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research k08HS026530. $1,130,071. 75% effort. In this 5-year project we will assess antibiotic overuse at discharge, identify predictors, facilitators, and barriers to appropriate antibiotic use at discharge, and pilot an intervention to improve discharge prescribing. 
  • 09/1/2022 - 08/31/2024
    • Contact Principal Investigator: Testing Measures to Improve Diagnosis of Infections in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. In collaboration with the Center for Stewardship in Medicine  we will be testing measures of inappropriate diagnosis of UTI in 10 critical access and rural hospitals and helping them track and improve antibiotic use. 
  • 08/16/2022 - 08/15/2023
    • Project 4 Principal Investigator: Improving Antibiotic Stewardship. Project 4: External Validation of an Electronic CAP Assessment Tool. Inter-agency Agreement. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are developing electronic measures to assess the appropriate use of antibiotics for patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia. 

Recently Completed

  • 04/1/2022 - 03/21/2023
    • Principal Investigator: Alistair Thorpe. A behavioral approach to optimizing antibiotic prescribing for older adults. Vice President for Research, University of Utah, Research Incentive Seed Grant. $49,982. Guided by discussions with older patients and their caregivers, we will develop an educational tool about antibiotic resistance, asymptomatic bacteriuria, and urinary tract infection to be used by patients and their caregivers to help improve their experience with antibiotic stewardship.