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Patricia Dykes, RN, PhD, MA
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Sr. Nurse Scientist, Program Director, Nursing Research, Center for Nursing Excellence

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
General Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: One Brigham Circle

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Research Narrative:

Interests are in quality and safety of care and adverse event prevention, especially as it relates to hospitalized inpatients. Dykes and her team have developed a decision-support and communication intervention for use by the care team, patients and family members to prevent patient falls. In addition, she is conducting research on the bedside data needs and preferences of hospitalized patients, and evaluating the use of patient-centered technology for patient engagement in their plan of care and adverse event prevention.

Columbia University, 2004, PhD
New York University, 1990, MA
Fairfield University, 1986, BSN

Richard Nesson Award for Innovation, Partners HealthCare 2011
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Nursing 2010
Biomedical Research Institute Research Excellence Award, Brigham and Women's Hospital 2010
Haley Nurse Scientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital 2011
Elected Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics 2011
Rita D. Zielstorff Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, New England Nursing Informatics Consortium 2014
Quality Profiles Award, National Committee for Quality Assurance/Pfizer 2010

Courses Taught:
2014, Harvard School of Public Health, Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care, Nursing Perspective on Using Health IT to Improve Team Communication and Patient Engagement

Other Professional Activities:
Reviewer, NIH Informatics Study Section
Chair, American Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics Working Group
Elected Member, American Medical Informatics Association Board of Directors

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Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Schnock KO, Snyder JE, Fuller TE, Duckworth M, Grant M, Yoon C, Lipsitz S, Dalal AK, Bates DW, Dykes PC. Acute Care Patient Portal Intervention: Portal Use and Patient Activation. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Jul 18; 21(7):e13336.

2. Blandford A, Dykes PC, Franklin BD, Furniss D, Galal-Edeen GH, Schnock KO, Bates DW. Intravenous Infusion Administration: A Comparative Study of Practices and Errors Between the United States and England and Their Implications for Patient Safety. Drug Saf. 2019 Jun 13.

3. Dalal AK, Dykes P, Samal L, McNally K, Mlaver E, Yoon CS, Lipsitz SR, Bates DW. Potential of an Electronic Health Record-Integrated Patient Portal for Improving Care Plan Concordance during Acute Care. Appl Clin Inform. 2019 May; 10(3):358-366.

4. Ye L, Owens RL, Dykes P. Individualized sleep promotion in acute care hospitals: Identifying factors that affect patient sleep. Appl Nurs Res. 2019 Aug; 48:63-67.

5. Hardiker NR, Dowding D, Dykes PC, Sermeus W. Reinterpreting the nursing record for an electronic context. Int J Med Inform. 2019 07; 127:120-126.

6. Schnock KO, P Howard E, Dykes PC. Fall Prevention Self-Management Among Older Adults: A Systematic Review. Am J Prev Med. 2019 May; 56(5):747-755.

7. Cho I, Boo EH, Chung E, Bates DW, Dykes P. Novel Approach to Inpatient Fall Risk Prediction and Its Cross-Site Validation Using Time-Variant Data. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Feb 19; 21(2):e11505.

8. Duckworth M, Adelman J, Belategui K, Feliciano Z, Jackson E, Khasnabish S, Lehman IS, Lindros ME, Mortimer H, Ryan K, Scanlan M, Berger Spivack L, Yu SP, Bates DW, Dykes PC. Assessing the Effectiveness of Engaging Patients and Their Families in the Three-Step Fall Prevention Process Across Modalities of an Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Toolkit: An Implementation Science Study. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Jan 21; 21(1):e10008.

9. Collins S, Couture B, Kang MJ, Dykes P, Schnock K, Knaplund C, Chang F, Cato K. Quantifying and Visualizing Nursing Flowsheet Documentation Burden in Acute and Critical Care. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2018; 2018:348-357.

10. Dykes PC, Bogaisky M, Carter EJ, Duckworth M, Hurley AC, Jackson EM, Khasnabish S, Lindros ME, Lipsitz SR, Scanlan M, Yu SP, Bates DW, Adelman JS. Development and Validation of a Fall Prevention Knowledge Test. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Jan; 67(1):133-138.