Durham, North Carolina
Dr. Bettger’s research is dedicated to establishing real world evidence aimed to improve health care quality and policies that reduce the burden of disease and disability. As a health services researcher and implementation scientist, her research extends from observational studies to randomized and pragmatic trials. She is currently principal investigator for the VERITAS implementation-effectiveness RCT of a physical therapist supported virtual care management strategy for exercise at home after total knee replacement. In addition to VERITAS, she has examined implementation of several integrated care models to improve the transition home from the hospital (COMPASS for stroke, RECOVER for stroke in rural China, and co-PI on a R21 for trauma patients in Tanzania). She also studies implementation of community-based models of care that can prevent functional decline. These include the CTSA-funded IMPAC RCT of integrating physical therapists into primary care as first line providers to address musculoskeletal pain, the VA-funded Gerofit program of structured and progressive exercise for older Veterans, MRC-funded SINEMA RCT of a village-based model supporting stroke recovery in China, NHLBI-funded sickle cell care, and a NIDCD study comparing three primary care protocols for older adult hearing healthcare.
In addition to the evidence translation studies in China (RECOVER and SINEMA) and Tanzania, she has partnered with experts in Singapore on stroke systems research, and worked on large cluster randomized trials to improve evidence-based care in Brazil, Peru, Argentina (BRIDGE-Stroke) and China (CNSR and Golden Bridge). To address health locally, she is the faculty sponsor for Exercise is Medicine at Duke and for Help Desk, a student volunteer community resource navigator model addressing social determinants of health.
Friday, October 23, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM