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Dr. Grady Quoted in Cleveland Newspaper on NINR-funded eSMARTT Project

September 16, 2013

NINR Director Dr. Patricia Grady was recently quoted in The Plain Dealer, a Cleveland-based newspaper, in an article on the NINR-funded Electronic Surrogate Decision Maker Resources and Tailored Training (eSMARTT) project.

A interdisciplinary team of software engineers, graphic animators, nurse scientists and social workers at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Nursing is developing the software, which is one of the first avatar-based decision support technologies for caregivers.

“Many individuals will eventually be faced with having to make important healthcare decisions on behalf of loved ones who are too ill to make these decisions for themselves,” Dr. Grady said in the article. The eSMARTT application, she said, “is consistent with NINR’s long-standing focus on developing new and effective ways to support informal caregivers and improve their quality of life.”

The full article is online at

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