Medicare 2005 Demonstration Project: Patient Reporting of Nausea Symptoms and Its Impact on Improving Quality of Patient Care




Mueller, Brett H.


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For the completion of the requirements for my Masters degree in clinical research management, I interned under the mentorship of Ray Page, D.O., Ph.D., at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. While at this site, I worked on completing my retrospective chart review research project while also gaining clinical exposure in medical and radiation oncology, observing different aspects of running and managing a medical practice, and learning how to run and manage clinical trials as a future principal investigator. The focus of my internship practicum was to analyze the effectiveness of the 2005 Oncology Demonstration Project. One-hundred thirty three patient charts were identified for this study because as some point during the 2005 year, the patient reported serious symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Over 5,000 patient notes that were documented during the 2005 year were reviewed for the one-hundred and thirty three patient population. Substantial data was collected regarding the ability of the clinicians’ and nurses’ effectiveness in administering nausea and vomiting care with, and without, the 2005 Oncology Demonstration Project. Additional activities during this internship includes shadowing DR. Page, shadowing and learning from the clinical coordinators at the Center, assisting the clinical manager with regulatory binder filling, protocol review, creating a study budget, and participating in, and helping in many other facets of clinical research carried out at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.