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Department of

Family and Community Medicine

Current Research Projects

Clinical and Practice Outcomes in an Academic Integrative Medicine Clinic

Principal Investigator: Sian Cotton, PhD

Funding Agency: UC Health

This ongoing project aims to collect clinical and evaluation date in a practice-based research clinic setting. Data will be used to drive clinic changes and understand the patient population and needs of the clinic. Preliminary outcomes of pain and stress will be assessed, and linkages to EPIC data will be developed over time to examine the specific benefits of an integrative medicine approach to health outcomes.

For further information, please contact: Sian Cotton

EMPOWER: Evaluating the ability to reduce Morphine equivalent dose for chronic Pain patients receiving Opioid-therapy through a Web-based E-health self-management program: a Randomized multi-site clinical trial in primary care

Principal Investigator: Theresa Winhusen, PhD (Principal Investigator), Nancy Elder, MD (UC Site Investigator), & Rowena Dolor, MD (Duke Primary Care Site Investigator)

Funding Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

To compare the effectiveness of a web-based Chronic Pain Management Program (e-Health) to Treatment as Usual (TAU) on reducing opioid dosage and pain scores in primary care patients with chronic pain, currently taking chronic opioid medications. 

For further information, please contact: Nancy Elder

Mind Body Skills Course

Principal Investigator: Sian Cotton, PhD

Funding Agency: Interact for Health; Provost’s Office

The Student Mindfulness Program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) aims to reduce stress and burnout and enhance mental and emotional well-being for students by offering a course that combines training in mind-body skills with group support that leads to enhanced self-care. These mind-body skills training groups provide students with the resources to adaptively deal with stressors, which in turn, may lead to improved overall well-being, empathy and ultimately, improved patient care and healthier balanced professionals.

For further information, please contact: Sian Cotton

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Principal Investigator: Charles Doarn, MBA 

Funding Agency: NASA 

This activity sponsors a significant portion of the PI's salary to support NASA's Chief Health and Medical Officer in a variety of tasks associated with men and women in extreme environments. This includes significant writing, development of medical policy and reviewing risks associated with human spaceflight. Additional tasks include serving as the co-chair of the Federal Government's Telemedicine (FedTel) working group. 

For further information, please contact: Charles Doarn

Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE)

Principal Investigator: Jeff Schlaudecker, MD, MEd

Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration

The Primary Care Training and Enhancement program aims to strengthen the primary care workforce by supporting enhanced training for future primary care clinicians, teachers and researchers and promoting primary care practice in rural and underserved areas. Family and Geriatric Medicine residents, fellows and faculty physicians will gain knowledge and confidence in health care transformation through a longitudinal curriculum using the experiential learning method to teach them concepts and tools to become primary care 'change agents' and enable them to lead and inspire transformation in their practices to meet the identified needs of their patient population.

For further information, please contact: Jeffrey Schlaudecker

Randomized Control Trial of an over-the-counter homeopathic rubbing oil vs. placebo rubbing oil for immediate relief of leg and foot neuropathy pain

Principal Investigator: Nancy Elder, MD

Funding Agency: Wise Consumer Products Company 

The aim of this research is to study whether a currently available over-the-counter homeopathic Neuropathy Rubbing Oil Product produces superior pain relief compared to placebo in patients with peripheral neuropathy on the legs and/or feet as measured by a modified Neuropathy Pain Scale (NPS). 

For further information, please contact: Nancy Elder

Family Medicine Student with Research Presentation

Chris White, MD

Research Division Director

For More Information:

Program Coordinator
Sarah Brubaker
University of Cincinnati
Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
Research Division
MSB,  ML 0582, Room 4455
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0582