Grant Supports Study of Ethical Issues in Dialysis Facilities

Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN

Associate Professor has received a grant ($50K) from the  which is administered by The Greenwall Foundation. The grant will support Dr. Song’s research project that  examines management of ethical issues in free-standing dialysis facilities. This prestigious award recognizes the significance and potential impact of individual research projects and researchers in bioethics areas. In the 62 years of the Foundation’s history, only two nurse researchers have been awarded grants.

Faculty Member Receives Nearly $3.2 Million NINR Grant

Assistant professor Mi-Kyung Song received a nearly $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, for a study entitled, “Representational Intervention to Promote End-of-Life Decision-Making Preparation.”

The randomized, controlled trial will test the effects of the

Assistant professor Mi-Kyung Song received a nearly $3.2 million grant from the NINR, NIH.

Assistant professor Mi-Kyung Song received a nearly $3.2 million grant from the NINR, NIH.

SPIRIT (Sharing the Patient’s Illness Representation to Increase Trust) intervention in improving preparedness for end-of-life decision making among patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and their surrogates. The study also will test the effects of the SPIRIT intervention in reducing surrogates’ conflict during decision making and psychosocial morbidities.

Subjects will be 200 white and black patients with ESRD recruited from outpatient dialysis clinics and their chosen surrogate decision makers. Song’s co-investigators and SON assistant professor Jill Hamilton, School of Medicine associate professor Laura Hanson, UNC biostatistics professor Jason Fine and professor Sandra Ward from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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