National Center of Excellence

Dr. Yefimova is a part of the multi-million-dollar Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research, funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in September 2018. She is one of three nurses among nationally recognized, interdisciplinary investigators from four collaborating VA sites: South Texas, Miami, Salt Lake City, and Palo Alto.

Stanford Nurse Scientist is Part of the First National Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research

As patients prefer to remain at home and in the community, healthcare providers realize the critical role caregivers play in avoiding expensive trips to the hospital or a dreaded nursing home stay. But what are the best, data-driven, and integrated approaches to help caregivers, as they navigate complexities of the healthcare system with their sick loved ones? This is the question that Maria Yefimova, PhD RN, a nurse scientist with Stanford Health Care and a health services researcher at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, is aiming to answer through research.

Dr. Yefimova is a part of the multi-million-dollar Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research, funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in September 2018. She is one of three nurses among nationally recognized, interdisciplinary investigators from four collaborating VA sites: South Texas, Miami, Salt Lake City, and Palo Alto. Given her background in geriatric community-based nursing and health services research, Dr. Yefimova will contribute to the Center’s mission of innovation to support the nation’s 5.5 million military and Veteran caregivers.

The Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research will foster collaboration across the country and between government, private and non-profit sectors to disseminate findings with the greatest possible impact. Dr. Yefimova and others will develop patient and caregiver-centered metrics for evaluation of various programs; use data science to best match services to patient and caregiver needs; and apply implementation science to improve the dissemination of best practices in home- and community-based care. The resulting work will not only inform care delivery at the VA but also empower healthcare systems outside the VA, such as Stanford Health Care, in making informed choices regarding best care for patients and their caregivers.

Article By: Maria Yefimova

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