MHRN III Projects: Methods Core

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Funder: NIMH

Grant Number: U19MH121738

Grant Period: 09/23/2019 – 06/30/2020

Narrative: The Methods Core will include an Informatics Unit, led by Drs. Gregory Simon and Christine Stewart, and a Scientific Analysis Unit, led by Drs. Susan Shortreed and Patrick Heagerty. The Informatics Unit will continue highly successful work over the past 8 years, supporting routine data quality assessment and descriptive analyses of diagnosis and treatment patterns across all participating health systems. New work will include development of tools and resources to assess and minimize privacy risks when sharing sensitive health data for research and development of specific new data areas (perinatal mental health and prenatal exposures, expanded list of patient-reported outcomes, and assessments of social determinants of health). The Informatics Unit will provide consultation to all MHRN core and affiliated projects and share all resources with other researchers and health systems via MHRN’s public repository of specifications, code lists, and analytic code. The Scientific Analysis Unit will support to all MHRN core and affiliated projects via project-specific consultation and development of a learning community of analysts and biostatisticians across MHRN research centers. This Unit will also focus on development and dissemination of analytic methods in two areas directly relevant to MHRN research. Work on evaluating adaptive treatment strategies will build on Dr. Shortreed’s recently funded methods grant to evaluate and disseminate methods for using health system data to tailor treatments for individuals with more chronic or severe mental health conditions, focusing on assessing treatment effects when treatments are adjusted or switched according to previous treatment failures or adverse effects. Work on stakeholder-driven predictive analytics will build on MHRN’s development of accurate suicide risk prediction models, focusing on matching specific study designs and model development methods with stakeholder priorities and implementation constraints.

Lead Site: KPWA (PI Greg Simon)

Participating Sites: University of Washington (Site PI Patrick Heagerty) 

  • Funder Contacts
    • Science Officer: Susan Azrin
    • Program Official: Michael Freed
    • Grants Management Official: Jackie Chia

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