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Awards, Honors, and Grants

November 04, 2020

Ouchi Receives National Institute on Aging Emerging Leaders Career Development Award

Kei Ouchi, MD, MPH

Kei Ouchi, MD, MPH, of the Department of Emergency Medicine, was selected for the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging by the National Institute on Aging for his project, “ED GOAL, An Advance Care Planning Intervention for Seriously Ill Older Adults in the Emergency Department.”

This award recognizes talented scientists prepared and willing to take an active leadership role in the transformative change that will lead to improved health care outcomes through research related to the health of older individuals.

Ouchi, one of the early-stage investigators selected this year to receive $1.1 million ($225,000 direct cost per year) over five years, will use his funding to advance the ED GOAL program, which helps guide seriously ill, yet clinically stable, older adult patients in the emergency department (ED) to have advance care planning (ACP) conversations with their outpatient providers, rather than in the time-pressured ED environment. With this funding, Ouchi will refine ED GOAL further and determine whether increasing ACP engagement to one month after leaving the ED affects patient outcomes.

An emergency physician and internist, Ouchi studies ways that providers can deliver goal-concordant care for older adults with a serious illness toward the end of their lives. Particularly, he focuses on how emergency department visits can serve as opportunities to guide patients to discuss their care preferences with physicians.

The National Institute on Aging, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.