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Online Video Instruction to Graduate Autism Class

Instructional effectiveness of video curriculum content delivery in a university graduate level autism class
Applied Behavior AnalysisBlended LearningIntellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesAutismPast
Cheryl Fielding
August 2016 |
Research Partner: University of Texas Pan American


About This Study

To better understand the impact of a Relias Learning online training program in behavioral interventions on teachers, University of Texas Pan-American conducted a study that examined the impact of online video materials used in place of a standard textbook in a master’s level autism course. The study results showed a significant improvement in the three areas in which students lacked knowledge prior to the training—naturalistic teaching strategies, teaching new behavior, and recording and analyzing behaviors.

Topics: Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, Developmental Disabilities, Blended Learning
Game-Based Training to Teach HIPAA & Social Media

The impacts of game-based online training on behavioral health professional’s ability to identify HIPAA violations in social media.
Blended LearningMental HealthPastBehavioral Health
Emaley McCulloch
May 2016 |
Research Partner: Walker Triechman Center


According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), any communications regarding Personally identifiable information (PII) and Protected Health information (PHI) must be secure and transmitted only to permissible parties. Social media communications open up abundant possibilities for PII and PHI to be improperly shared (Cain, 2011). HIPAA violations via social media pose great risks to health care organizations who can be fined for employee violations. Violations can also result in the termination of employment and other long-term negative effects on a health professional’s career. Much of the HIPAA violations that occur on social media happen because professionals don’t understand that they are violating HIPAA privacy rules by casual use of this technology. This study examined whether an online game-based training for behavioral health care professionals and administrators can result in statistically significant increases in their ability to identify situations that are and are not HIPAA violations on social media.

Topics: Blended Learning, Safety, Behavioral Health, Mental Health
Scenario-Based Training and Teaching Safe Eating Practices

The impact of online scenario-based training on direct support professionals’ implementation of safe eating and drinking practices with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Blended LearningIntellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesPastSafety and Quality
Emaley McCulloch
April 2016 |
Research Partner: Easter Seals Southern California


Accidental deaths resulting from choking is an increased concern to families, facilities and service providers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (Chadwick 2006). Research on effective training methods in safe eating and drinking protocols that teach Direct Support

Topics: Blended Learning, Developmental Disabilities, Safety and Quality
Evaluation of an Employee Wellness Training Series

Using interactive scenario-based mobile training to increase employee awareness of heart disease prevention
Blended LearningPastSafety and Quality
Emaley McCulloch
March 2016 |
Research Partner: Allegro Living


Employee wellness programs have many benefits to both employers and employees. Studies show that workplace wellness programs can increase work productivity and effectively reduce employer costs related to health care and absenteeism (Mattke et al, 2013)

Topics: Blended Learning, Safety and Quality
Web-Based Parent Training in Behavioral Interventions

Examining knowledge and empowerment in parents of children with autism spectrum disorder
Applied Behavior AnalysisBlended LearningIntellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesPast
Sarah Connolly
January 2016 |
Research Partner: Ball State University


The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a web-based training program in behavioral interventions to parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Changes in parental knowledge of behavioral interventions, parental empowerment (as measured by the Family Empowerment Scale

Topics: Applied Behavior Analysis, Blended Learning, Developmental Disabilities
The Effectiveness of Virtual Assessment Training

Use of a virtual training module to teach about functions of behavior to graduate students in a nutrition-based program
Applied Behavior AnalysisBlended LearningPast
Dana Reinecke
May 2015 |
Research Partner: Sage Colleges


Almost seventy-percent of all private and public colleges are offering fully online programs. There is a general increase in enrollment of online college courses. Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) are assessments utilized to assess the purpose and function maladaptive behaviors serve for the

Topics: Applied Behavior Analysis, Blended Learning
Improving Staff Training Efficiency through Blended Learning

The impact of face-to-face vs blended learning on staff knowledge and training costs
Applied Behavior AnalysisBlended LearningIntellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesAutismPast
Megan Robinson-Joy
April 2014 |
Research Partner: May Institute


Traditional didactic training conducted by senior clinicians competes with other responsibilities such as supervision and billable clinical activities. Online training using a blended approach can save an organization time and money but is it as effective as classroom training? A recent meta

Topics: Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, Blended Learning, Developmental Disabilities
Online Training Videos and Paraprofessional's Behavior

Impact of online training videos on the implementation of mand training by three elementary school paraprofessionals
Applied Behavior AnalysisBlended LearningIntellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesAutismPast
Emaley McCulloch
March 2013 |
Research Partner: University of Hawaii


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of an online training technology on the implementation of mand training on three paraprofessionals. Mand training is an evidenced-based instructional procedure used to increase functional communication in students with disabilities.

Topics: Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, Blended Learning, Developmental Disabilities
Improving Educational Programs for Students with Autism in Rural Schools

A preliminary program description of the montana autism education project
Applied Behavior AnalysisBlended LearningIntellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesAutismPast
Doug Doty
January 2013 |
Research Partner: Montana Autism Education Project


The number of students clinically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has risen dramatically to 1 in 50 children or 2% of the total population (Centers for Disease control, 2013). Local schools require increased training and support to implement Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) for students

Topics: Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, Blended Learning, Developmental Disabilities
Does Scientific Research on Medication Effectiveness Have an Impact on Physician Prescribing Practices?

 An analysis of data from a large Midwestern state.
R.L. Berkowitz
December 2012 |
Research Partner:

This study evaluated physician prescribing practices before and after publication of three papers, each evaluating the effectiveness of anti-psychotic interventions for schizophrenia. If prescribers were affected by these publications, researchers anticipated an increase in olanzapine after the first paper was published, an increase in perphenazine after the second paper was published, and an increase in clozapine after the third paper was published.  Results did not strongly support these hypotheses, with evidence of declines in the prescription rates of olanzapine, no changes in prescriptions of clozapine, and a small increase in prescriptions of perphenazine. These results suggest that prescribers are using other information to inform their prescribing decisions for individuals with schizophrenia. An increase in prescriptions for medications that show less effectiveness, but also less negative long term side effects was apparent in these data. As schizophrenia is a lifelong condition, negative long-term side effects are a factor prescribers may be taking into consideration when making prescribing decisions.

Topics: Physician Prescribing Practices, Mental Health
Improving Medication Adherence for Patients with Mental Illness

Using feedback of medication possession ratio scores to prescribers
U.B. Patel
July 2012 |
Research Partner:

Poor medication adherence limits the effectiveness of chronic illness management and control and increases the likelihood of hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and preventable disease progression. This study examines the medication possession ratio (MPR) for patients whose prescribing clinicians and case managers were messaged electronically about their patient not refilling his/her prescription. Compared to a control group, patients whose prescribers were notified had a significantly greater increase in MPR than a matched control group of patients whose prescribers did not receive notification. The increased MPR for the experimental group continued after the conclusion of the alerts but at not as high of a rate. This suggests that prescribers must be kept informed about medication adherence to achieve highest MPR for their patients. The study also showed a seasonal fluctuation in medication adherence rates, with patients adhering less during winter months. In summary, a low-touch, electronic-based medication adherence intervention can improve antipsychotic medication adherence rates.

Topics: Medication Adherence, Mental Illness
Intervention for Physician Prescribers Reduces Healthcare Costs in State Medicaid Population

J.P. Docherty
July 2012 |
Research Partner:

This study examines the healthcare cost outcomes from an automated educational intervention delivered by Care Management Technologies (CMT) to the State of Missouri in 2003. The intervention was delivered in the form of automated alerts to physicians whose patient data indicated a deviation from best practices (16,962 patients). Compared to a control group of 42,960 patients whose physicians did not receive alerts, the outcomes of patients whose physicians received alerts had lower pharmacy and hospital costs. There were also significant inpatient and outpatient cost reductions, hospital admissions, and bed days for a subgroup of schizophrenic patients. With the voluminous medical literature and ongoing medical advances, individual practitioners alone cannot keep abreast of and implement all the relevant best practices. This study indicates that a tool such as CMT’s Behavioral Pharmacy Management can help improve physician prescribing, leading to better patient outcomes and lower costs.

Topics: Prescription Practices, Mental Health
Missouri Uses Health Technology Support in Integrated Health Initiatives

W. Kyles
August 2010 |
Research Partner:

Missouri places great importance on decreasing morbidity and mortality in persons with mental illness. The report, Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness, published in 2006 and coauthored by Missouri Department of Mental Health medical director, Joseph Parks, MD, reported that “People with serious mental illness (SMI) die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population.” Premature death and disease among the mentally ill population are largely due to preventable conditions. One way Missouri addresses this problem by focusing on integrated care. Specific initiatives include using data analytics through health technology support with Care Management Technologies, coordinating patients’ behavioral and medical services, and developing local mental health services that address overall health. Missouri also fosters and develops collaboration between Community Mental Health Centers and Federal Qualified Health Centers, hospital partnerships, and healthcare homes as a strategy for better managing overall health.

Topics: Integrated Care, Mental Health
Are Clinicians Aware When Their Patients Are Non-Adherent?

Assessment of clinician awareness of non-adherence using a new structured scale
Carol Clayton
May 2010 |
Research Partner:

This study evaluated physician’s accuracy in identifying patient medication adherence using the Medication Adherence Assessment Tool (MAAT). The MAAT is a tool designed to help physicians rate risk factors that may increase a patient’s risk for non-adherence to help identify those patients who are non-adherent. Physicians in Alaska, Missouri and Utah were asked to complete the MAAT for patients to whom they had prescribed antipsychotic medication and then rate each patient as adherent, partially adherent, or non-adherent. The researchers obtained pharmacy data from Medicaid that indicated whether patients were refilling their prescriptions as indicated and used this as an objective measure of patient adherence. The authors compared the objective pharmacy data to the MAAT ratings and found that physicians could not successfully predict patient non-adherence using the MAAT tool, and were unaware when their patients were non-adherent.  Future research should investigate methods for increasing physician awareness of mednonadherence, such as providing physicians with objective pharmacy data.

Topics: Medication Adherence, Mental Illness
Disease Management Program Proves Effective for Improving the Outcomes of Medicaid Beneficiaries

N.J. Shang
February 2008 |
Research Partner:

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance instituted a disease state management program for its Medicaid fee-for-service patients. The program aimed at identifying opportunities for significant improvement among patients with at least one of five chronic conditions, including, diabetes, depression, hypertension/congestive heart failure, asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)/peptic ulcer disease (PUD). The physicians and pharmacists of 35,628 patients received notifications about practice guidelines, feedback based on claims data, a clinical summary of clinical measures, and the latest results on a quarterly basis for three years. 5995 physicians and 1410 pharmacists participated in the program. Compared to a matched control group, the intervention group had better health outcomes, less unnecessary medical utilization (ER, hospital, and office visits), lower healthcare costs, and less adverse drug events. Disease management programs that target educating physicians and pharmacists may be effective at improving health and cost outcomes in a population of Medicaid patients.

Topics: Chronic Disease Management

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