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Davina Porock

The focus of my research and scholarship is building the evidence base for person-centered care which is an approach to the care of older adults with life-limiting conditions specifically physical frailty and cognitive impairment.

In November 2012 we established the Institute for Person-Centered Care. The Institute for Person-Centered Care (IPCC) at the University at Buffalo is a community-university cross-disciplinary research, education, practice development, and public awareness collaborative that supports and promotes sustainable systemic transformation of cultures within and between institutional and community care providers based on person-centered care (PCC) values.

The focus of the IPCC is on vulnerable people who are experiencing chronic illness, frailty and physical or cognitive impairment. The Institute is national and international in scope, and aims to:

  • Encourage and support scholarly research in the field of person-centered care, building the evidence base for effective strategies
  • Provide training in PCC and specialist topics for staff in long term care facilities, hospitals, community based entities providing healthcare services and consumers
  • Educate at the undergraduate and graduate levels, eventually building to interdisciplinary programs of study in aging/gerontology with a focus on PCC
  • Support PCC practice and culture change through leadership training and practice development
  • Provide context and balance that allows for a better public discourse on the delivery of services to frail and vulnerable people and support advocacy and public awareness efforts with accurate information and evidence

Current studies:

  • Measuring PCC in long-term care facilities and PCC-sensitive outcomes
  • Effectiveness of person-centered dementia care in specialist dementia units
  • Dying in hospital: Care of the person with dementia and family caregivers
  • Care of older people with cognitive impairment in general hospitals
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