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Featured Profile: Lorraine Phillips

University of Missouri researcher Dr. Lorraine Phillips works to maximize independence for older adults.

Prior to joining the MU Sinclair School of Nursing faculty in 2007, Phillips worked as a nurse practitioner in primary care and long-term care. Now, as a member of the MU Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology, she assists with the development and evaluation of sensor technology in senior housing; this research has yielded earlier illness detection, increased length of stay at home, real-time fall detection and fall prediction algorithms.

Phillips’ research addresses physical activity and fall prevention in older adults and quality of care for nursing home residents. Across several studies involving older adults in senior housing, she discovered that many residents chose to exercise via walking and light housework, but that these exercises were not the best choices for maintaining strength. Her findings suggest that muscle-strengthening exercises should be promoted more aggressively in retirement communities.

Phillips has an extensive record of service with professional organizations including the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, National Quality Forum, Midwest Nursing Research Society, and Doody Enterprises, Inc. She has been recognized with numerous honors including Mather Lifeways’ Innovative Research on Aging Award, the Gerontological Nursing New Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and University of Delaware’s Nursing Alumni Star. In 2016, she was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Lorraine Phillips is an associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, the project director of the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri nursing homes and an associate director of the MU Meta-analysis Research Center.

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