The Interdisciplinary Clinical Care in Specialty Care Settings (ICSC) Study Section reviews applications addressing the clinical management of patients in institutional and inpatient settings (such as hospitals, nursing homes, inpatient facilities, and hospice care facilities), as well as patients in ambulatory settings receiving active specialty care or involving specialized/complex care teams. Studies reviewed in ICSC have direct patient care implications or be closely associated with clinical practice; applications with a strong biological, basic science, occupational health, or animal model focus are reviewed in other study sections. Examples of patient-care oriented disciplines that may be reviewed in the study section include, but are not limited to nursing, medicine, pharmacy and physical and rehabilitation medicine.
The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.
- Studies to assess patient-level outcomes in institutional or specialty care settings, or for patients with complex care needs; including inpatient settings, surgical centers, dialysis centers, or those undergoing active treatment or ongoing specialty or complex care.
- Studies on treatment modalities for patients and/or caregivers for acute, life-limiting, chronic illness occurring in institutional settings, or palliative and end of life care within the institutional setting.
- Clinical studies of symptom-management in institutional or specialty care settings such as pain, fatigue, stress, and depression, or functional status changes during the active treatment of an underlying condition (e.g., cancer, organ transplant, brain injury or other neurological insult, myocardial infarction or other coronary disease).
- Studies of perinatal care for mothers with complex needs managed in institutional or specialty care settings, mothers in active labor, and infants with complex needs including those treated in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Studies of involved families and other informal caregivers are also included.
- Studies of transitions between institutional and home-based settings, including preparation for inpatient care or for discharge from hospital to home.
- Studies examining provider-patient communication and/or clinical decision-making in institutional and/or specialty care settings.
Shared Interests and Overlaps
ICSC and Clinical Management in General Care Settings (CMGC) have shared interests in the clinical management of patients. Applications that emphasize the management of patients undergoing active treatment in an institutional setting (hospitals, nursing homes, inpatient facilities, and inpatient hospice), or the clinical management of patients in ambulatory settings that involve specialty care teams/management of complex medical conditions, or addressing transitions of care between institutional and home-based settings are reviewed in ICSC. Applications that emphasize general care settings, home-based settings, or care in ambulatory settings involving primary care teams providing rehabilitation, symptom management, or supportive care (including palliative care) are reviewed in CMGC.
ICSC and Health Services: Quality and Effectiveness (HSQE) have shared interests in patient-provider interaction/communication and subsequent health outcomes in institutional and inpatient settings. Applications that emphasize the interaction of patients and providers in the context of clinical management of patients, including patient-provider communication and decision-making are reviewed in ICSC. Applications that emphasize healthcare provider outcomes and/or organizational-level outcomes in the context of health care service receipt are reviewed in HSQE.
ICSC and Biobehavioral Medicine and Health Outcomes (BMHO) have shared interests in management/self-management of acute and chronic illnesses in the institutional setting. Applications that emphasize patient behavior and treatment responses with an intent to guide care or inform clinical practice are reviewed in ICSC. Applications that emphasize person- or patient-targeted behavioral approaches to mitigate disease complications and associated pain are reviewed in BMHO.
ICSC and Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section (PN) have shared interests in the clinical management of pregnancy. Applications that emphasize parent and/or infant outcomes through the receipt of care in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in ICSC. Applications that emphasize biological or physiological factors related to pregnancy maintenance, complications of pregnancy, fetal biology, and neonatology are reviewed in PN.
ICSC and Healthcare and Health Disparities (HHD) have shared interests in disparate outcomes in vulnerable patients receiving care in the institutional setting. Applications that emphasize patient outcomes of members of diverse patient groups and/or their informal caregivers are reviewed in ICSC. Applications that emphasize the systematic underpinnings of health disparities as they relate to access to, use of, and effectiveness of health services are reviewed in HHD.