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Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences Study Section [NRCS]

The Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences (NRCS) Study Section reviews applications addressing the clinical management of patients. Studies should have clear patient care implications or be closely associated with clinical practice. The focus of applications is on treatment that occurs in varied institutional and specialty care settings, including but not limited to hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation or long-term care facilities, ambulatory chemotherapy or infusion centers or ambulatory surgery centers, as well as patients living at home who are coping with symptoms associated with active treatment or hospice care. Examples of patient-care oriented disciplines that may be reviewed in the study section include, but are not limited to nursing, medicine, pharmacy, palliative care and rehabilitative therapies. Applications that use animal models or aim to explain the underlying pathophysiology of disease are excluded.

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  • Studies on supportive treatment modalities for patients and/or caregivers for acute, life-limiting and/or chronic illness occurring in institutional settings and on supportive care at the end of life within the hospice care setting.
  • Studies of perinatal care for mothers with complex needs managed in institutional or specialty 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 symptom-management such as pain, fatigue, stress, and depression, or functional status changes during active treatment of underlying condition (e.g., cancer, organ transplant, brain injury or other neurological insult, myocardial infarction or other coronary disease).
  • Studies to assess patient outcomes or quality of care in institutional or specialty settings, or for patients with complex care needs; e.g., acute care inpatient settings, chemotherapy centers, surgical centers, and dialysis center.
  • Studies of transition from institutional to home-based settings or preparation for inpatient care; e.g., preparation for discharge from hospital to home, patients who are preparing for a treatment clinical trial, or preparation for elective surgery.
  • Studies examining provider-patient communication and/or clinical decision-making in institutional, specialty care or hospice settings.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

There are shared interests between NRCS and The Clinical Management of Patients in Community-based settings [CMPC]. Applications focusing on study interventions that will be delivered in an institution, specialty care setting, active treatment, or certified hospice care are reviewed in NRCS. This includes applications focusing on interventions that begin in specialty care clinic or hospital/rehab/ long-term care facility and are followed by or continued in the home environment, as well as studies of patients/caregivers in certified hospice care. Applications where the patients or their caregivers (study subjects) are engaged in self-management in the home or are cared for in primary/community care settings are reviewed in CMPC.
 
There are shared interests with Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health [DIRH]. Applications focused on the dissemination of evidence-based practices, guidelines and interventions into health care delivery are reviewed in DIRH. Applications focused on the development, refinement or efficacy testing of patient-oriented interventions during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS.

There are shared interests with Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section [HDEP].  Applications, including intervention studies, which focus on mechanisms and processes underlying health disparities in minority and other disparity populations are reviewed in HDEP. Applications focused on patient outcomes of members of diverse patient groups and/or their informal caregivers during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS.

There are shared interests with Health Services Organization and Delivery [HSOD]. Applications focused on organizational or provider outcomes, including health economics and quality of care delivery, are reviewed in HSOD.  Applications focused on quality of care outcomes of patients and/or their informal caregivers during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS. 

There are shared interests with Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section [BCHI].  Applications focused on the development and testing of algorithms, platforms, and informatics methods are reviewed in BCHI.  Applications that utilize a previously developed informatics platform for the delivery of a patient-centered or caregiver intervention during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS.

There are shared interests with Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Study Sections [CHSA & CHSB]/ Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes Study Study Section [KNOD]. Applications focused on epidemiology and population-level issues concerning oncology, cardiovascular disorders (CVD), and associated symptoms are reviewed in CHSA/CHSB.  Applications focused on patient or caregiver outcomes regarding cancer or heart-related disease or symptom management during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS. Applications focused on epidemiology, prevention and population-level processes of kidney, genitourinary and related diseases are reviewed in KNOD. Applications focused on patient and/or family level outcomes of treatment of kidney, genitourinary and related diseases during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS.

There are shared interests with Pregnancy and Neonatology Study Section [PN]. Studies of biological or physiological factors related to pregnancy maintenance, complications of pregnancy, fetal biology, and neonatology are reviewed in PN. Studies concerned with parent and/or infant outcomes during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS. 

There are shared interests with Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section [CICS]. Applications focused on mechanisms underlying the diseases associated with the cardiovascular and related regulatory organ systems are reviewed in CICS. Applications focused on health outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease and/or their family caregivers during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS.