News Brief: Former CTSA Program Scholar Develops Interactive End-of-Life Decision Tool

Ronald L. Hickman Jr., Ph.D., R.N., ACNP-BC, FAAN

Ronald L. Hickman Jr., Ph.D., R.N., ACNP-BC, FAAN

NCATS’ Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program training initiatives provide researchers with access to interdisciplinary teams led by experienced mentors. Ronald L. Hickman Jr., Ph.D., R.N., ACNP-BC, FAAN, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an acute care nurse, is applying the knowledge and guidance he gained as a CTSA Program Clinical Research Scholar (KL2) to help develop a new tool called Interactive Virtual Decision Support for End of Life and Palliative Care (INVOLVE).

Hickman has gone on to obtain a prestigious research project grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research. With these funds, Hickman and his Case Western Reserve colleagues are testing and refining the effectiveness of INVOLVE, which helps users make end-of-life decisions well in advance of an emergency in the intensive care unit.

Through the CTSA KL2 Scholar Program, Hickman had access to accomplished NCATS- and NIH-funded investigators with in-depth knowledge in decision, behavioral and psychological sciences. “Their support and guidance shaped the development of my research on decision support technology,” Hickman said. “They provided the skills needed to assemble a team of multidisciplinary scientists to tackle the challenge of putting decision-making resources in the hands of families when most needed.”

The INVOLVE prototype will be tested with 270 patients at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Learn more about Hickman’s research and INVOLVE.

Posted January 2016