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Release: Jan. 13, 2003

UI Hospitals and Clinics nursing leader tabbed for federal research review group

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently appointed Linda Q. Everett, Ph.D., associate director and chief nursing officer of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, to a special panel that reviews health research efforts.

Everett will serve on the Health Systems Research Study Section. This is one of the standing study sections of the Health Services Research Initial Review Group (IRG). The National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality oversees the IRG.

Another leader in Nursing Services and Patient Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics also serves the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Marita G. Titler, Ph.D., director of Research Quality and Outcomes Management, began her three-year term of service to AHRQ in 2000.

Twelve new members recently joined the National Advisory Council for AHRQ. The council is comprised of 19 members from the private sector and eight ex-officio members from other federal health agencies.

"These members are an invaluable resource in the ongoing effort to advise AHRQ on its policy direction and research portfolio," Thompson said. "Their imaginative and creative leadership will help the agency achieve its goal of improving the quality of health care services for all Americans."

Everett arrived at UI Hospitals and Clinics in January 1999 from Detroit Medical Center. She also serves as associate dean for clinical practice at the UI College of Nursing. Everett is currently serving her second term as treasurer of one of the world's largest professional nursing organizations, Sigma Theta Tau International, Nursing Honor Society, an international organization with more than 240,000 inducted members.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to help shape health care research and policies that not only affects patients across the nation, but those we serve here in Iowa, as well." Everett said.

Titler serves as the director of the Research Dissemination Core of the $1.7 million National Institute of Nursing Research-funded Gerontology Nursing Intervention Research Center. She is also the principal investigator of two federally-funded studies: a 12-site, $1.5 million study, "From Book to Bedside: Acute Pain Management in the Elderly," and a $1.3 million study on "Nursing Contributions to Patient Outcomes in Three Elderly Populations." Titler's program of research focuses on health services and translational research among the elderly.

"It is a tribute to the nursing excellence of UI Hospitals and Clinics to have two members of Nursing Services and Patient Care appointed to the federal agency that has major responsibility for health services research and health care quality," Titler said.

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