Featured Profile: Lori Popejoy
University of Missouri nurse scientist Dr. Lori Popejoy improves health systems to enhance care for older adults.
Popejoy is one of the country’s leading experts in the care of older adults. Over the course of three decades, her career has included research and clinical work in hospitals, intensive care nursing, home health and nursing homes. She combines expert clinical knowledge of older adults and innovative research to improve the care of older adults as they navigate changes in health, including transitioning between healthcare settings and providers.
Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, Popejoy has investigated the processes, outcomes and cost of care coordination. She developed a framework to organize and describe activities that nurses undertake when they coordinate care for patients. Additionally, she has conducted research for numerous Centers for Medicare and Medicaid projects. Among other
outcomes, she developed systems to improve care coordination and early illness detection to keep nursing facility residents out of the hospital – as well as to improve the discharge process from the nursing home to the patient’s home.
Popejoy has been recognized widely for her expertise. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.
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