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Cynthia L. Russell, professor at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, recently received two awards that recognize and fund her interdisciplinary team’s research.
The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute awarded Russell a Blue KC Outcomes Research Grant for $45,413. The grant, together with a Frontiers grant she received last year, will lead to a National Institutes of Health grant application. Russell, PhD, RN, FAAN, will test a will test a SystemCHANGETM intervention to improve medication adherence in older people who have had a kidney transplant. Transplant medications are essential to survival of the transplanted organ, yet non-adherence is high. This innovative approach supports participants conducting “small experiments” to evaluate strategic change in their personal environment to improve medication adherence. Examples of change include placing the pillbox next to the TV remote control or computer, or setting their iPhone alarm as a reminder to take the medication. Participants track their success using data from electronic pill bottles.