Gallman Lectureship: "Significant Advances in Bone Health Research"
Dissemination of bone health information geared toward Internet users.
Posted: April 25, 2013
Eun-Shin Nahm, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, was this year’s featured speaker at the Laverne Gallman Distinguished Lectureship in Nursing. Her presentation “Dissemination of a Theory-Based Online Bone Health Program in Community-Dwelling Older Adults” described a successful health behavior intervention for adults aged 50 and older and their caregivers.
Dr. Nahm reported that more than 44 million Americans have osteoporosis and that 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men over the age of 50 will experience osteoporosis-related fractures. The medical cost of the disease and related fractures is around $22 billion a year.
Fortunately, significant advances in bone health research have been made. Dr. Nahm said that because many resources are now available to help those with the disease, her research focuses on mechanisms that will package and deliver these resources to target populations and encourage them to make positive changes in health behaviors.
Acknowledging that the Internet has become an excellent dissemination medium for health information over the years, her study Reach–Effectiveness–Adoption–Implementation–Maintenance (RE–AIM) focuses on more effective approaches to delivering online health interventions.
Dr. Nahm is associate professor and program director of Nursing Informatics in the Organizational Systems and Adult Health department at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she teaches graduate-level nursing informatics courses and doctoral-level research courses and mentors many students.
The annual Laverne Gallman Distinguished Lectureship in Nursing was held Thursday, April 18 in Hargis Hall.