Health systems interventions and outcomes, implementation of evidence-based practices, patient-centered outcomes research, organizational context.
Robin Newhouse is the dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing and an IU Distinguished Professor whose research focuses on health system interventions to improve care processes and patient outcomes. She has published extensively on health services improvement interventions, acute care quality issues and evidence-based practice.
Newhouse, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, was appointed to the methodology committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and is currently serving as the committee's chair. She has served on multiple Institute of Medicine committees and is the chair of the AcademyHealth Board.
She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the American Nurses Credentialing Center President's Award in 2015. In 2017, she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
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[Video: A woman appears on screen with the following text: “Robin Newhouse, IU Distinguished Professor and dean, IU School of Nursing”]
[Newhouse speaks: “My name is Robin Newhouse, Distinguished Professor at Indiana University and dean of Indiana University School of Nursing. I'm also the principal investigator for the IU Grand Challenge, “Responding to the Addictions Crisis.”]
[The following text appears on screen: “What is your area of expertise?”]
[Newhouse speaks: My area of expertise is health services research, specifically comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, and implementation science.]
[The following text appears on screen: “How would you define this topic to the average person?”]
[Newhouse speaks: “As a health services researcher, I study the health systems and how the health systems can improve care and care processes to improve outcomes for patients -- and administrative and economic outcomes as well.”]
[The following text appears on screen: “What is IU’s Responding to the Addictions Crisis Grand Challenge initiative?”]
[Newhouse speaks: “The Indiana University Grand Challenge, ‘Responding to the Addictions Crisis,’ began in 2017, October of 2017. And it was a response to an urgent public need where there was a clear recognition that people were dying as a result of opioid overdose, and we had a profound problem in the state around addictions. So Responding to the Addictions Crisis is focused on three things. No. 1, to reduce the number of people that die as a result of an opioid overdose. No. 2, to decrease the number of people with substance use disorders. And No. 3, to decrease the number of babies born that have been exposed to substances in utero before birth.”]
[The following text appears on screen: “What has been the impact of the opioid crisis in the U.S.?”]
[Newhouse speaks: “The impact of the opioid crisis has been profound and dangerous. It's been recognized throughout the nation: We're losing young people to addiction. We have identified that it not only is an issue of death, but it's an issue of well-being and ability to be able to engage in work. It has affected the economics of families as well as the economics of states. So I think that it is a health problem, it is a quality problem, and it is an economic problem.”]
[The following text appears on screen: “What do you regard as the top issues in the area of addictions?”]
[Newhouse speaks: “I think that one of the major issues is getting people into treatment. To No. 1, make sure that people have it available -- medication-assisted treatment -- in an area that is close to them. People with addictions don't want travel two hours to an urban city for treatment. And the second area I would say is very important is the incorporation of the social determinants of health into the discussion of addictions. Because this is not an issue of a single decision or a behavior. This is often an issue of a social context or an environment in which someone lives that helps contribute or creates an opportunity to keep them safe from addictions.”]
[The following text appears on screen: “What can policymakers do to address these issues?”]
[Newhouse speaks: “Well, policymakers have done a lot already. There's been an expansion on the number of people and the types of people that can provide medication-assisted treatment, which is absolutely fantastic. There's been attention around the treatment centers that are available within Indiana, and a goal to increase the access to people. There's been lots of discussion and funding from the state, for example, for peer recovery coaches. So the policymakers are very attuned to what they can do. Because when we think about addictions, addictions is a chronic disease, and we can't think of it in any other way.”]
[The following text appears on screen: “Why is IU working on these issues?”]
[Newhouse speaks: “I'm incredibly proud to be part of the Indiana University Grand Challenge because it's exactly what a public university should be doing, in partnering with the state, our community and many, many of our stakeholders to fight addictions. And because of this comprehensive response, there's a high likelihood of success.”]
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