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UNF healthcare faculty partner with Brooks Rehabilitation to improve care transition

A group of University of North Florida Brooks College of Health faculty is working on a project funded by Brooks Rehabilitation to evaluate social conditions that contribute to the success of health plans once patients transition home from a care facility.

This study will provide evidence-based recommendations on implementing more effective care transition plans for Brooks Rehabilitation and the Brooks Center for Care Transitions. It will also have internal and long-term broad impacts on the rehabilitation community, including patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities.

The researchers will analyze Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

Data collected will help identify how the SDOH impacts the transition of care for patients and their caregivers as well as define critical predictors in poor transition care to develop recommendations to best address SDOH disparities, readmission rates and poor health outcomes. These findings will supplement the rehabilitation literature to consider the SDOH better when configuring a transition care plan for patients and their caregivers.

The UNF research team includes health administration faculty Dr. Hanadi Hamadi, Dr. Jing Xu and Dr. Sinyoung Park, and nutrition & dietetics faculty Dr. Kristen Roof.