Faculty

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Abraham A Brody

Associate Professor, Nursing & Medicine
Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

1 212 992 7341

433 First Avenue
Room 504
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Brody is Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine, Associate Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and Founder of Aliviado. His work focuses on the intersection of geriatrics, palliative care, quality, and equity, seeking to improve the quality of care for older adults with serious illness wherever they reside. He is currently the principal investigator of two NIH funded large-scale pragmatic clinical trials to improve the quality of care for persons with dementia and their caregivers living in the community. The first of these trials focus on improving care quality in home health, as part of a 3-site, 20 care team trial of Aliviado Dementia Care for Home Health, examining whether the program improves quality of life for both the person with dementia and their caregiver, and reduce hospitalization. The second, the HAS-QOL trial, focuses on implementing Aliviado Dementia Care for Hospice in 25 hospices nationwide, with the primary outcome of reducing inappropriate antipsychotic use that can lead to reduced function and quality of life. In addition to this work, Dr. Brody is a co-investigator on a number of interprofessional, innovative projects funded by the NIH, PCORI, and the John A Hartford Foundation in geriatrics and palliative care. He is also passionate about mentoring and developing the nursing and scientific workforce; to this end, he currently leads the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Leadership Development Program and is Enrichment Program Director of NYU Meyer’s P20 Exploratory Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations. Dr. Brody also maintains an active practice on the Geriatric and Palliative Consult Services at NYU Langone Health.

 

Home Health Study

HAS-QOL Study

Education

BA, 2002, New York University, College of Arts and Sciences
MSN, 2006, University of California
PhD, 2008, University of California

Honors and awards

Fellow of Palliative Care Nursing, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (2017)
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (2016)
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2016)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2014)
Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholars (2014)
Goddard Fellowship, NYU (2013)
Medical Reserve Corps, NYC, Hurricane Sandy Award (2013)
HPNA Research Scholar (2010)
Finalist, Gerontological Society of America SRPP Section Young Investigator (2008)
John A Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Scholar (2006)
Nurses' Education Funds Edith M. Pritchard Award (2006)
NSNA Foundation PONF Scholar Award (2006)
Finalist, University of California Student Regent (2005)
Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Honor Society (2004)
Dean's List, New York Univeristy (2001)
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2017)

Specialties

Home care
Palliative care
Non-communicable disease
Policy
Gerontology
Interprofessionalism

Professional membership

Gerontological Society of America
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
American Geriactrics Society
Sigma Theta Tau and Upsilon Chapters
International Home Care Nurses Organization
American Nurses Association
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Palliative Care Research Cooperative

Publications

Publications

Redoubling our efforts-a recap from the annual NICHE conference

Gilmartin, M., Santamaria, J., & Brody, A. (2017). Geriatric Nursing. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.06.011

Development and testing of the Dementia Symptom Management at Home (DSM-H) program: An interprofessional home health care intervention to improve the quality of life for persons with dementia and their caregivers

Brody, A. A., Guan, C., Cortes, T., & Galvin, J. E. (2016). Geriatric Nursing, 37(3), 200-6. 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.01.002
Abstract
Home health care agencies are increasingly taking care of sicker, older patients with greater comorbidities. However, they are unequipped to appropriately manage these older adults, particular persons living with dementia (PLWD). We therefore developed the Dementia Symptom Management at Home (DSM-H) Program, a bundled interprofessional intervention, to improve the care confidence of providers, and quality of care delivered to PLWD and their caregivers. We implemented the DSM-H with 83 registered nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Overall, there was significant improvement in pain knowledge (5.9%) and confidence (26.5%), depression knowledge (14.8%) and confidence (36.1%), and neuropsychiatric symptom general knowledge (16.8%), intervention knowledge (20.9%), attitudes (3.4%) and confidence (27.1%) at a statistical significance of (P < .0001). We also found significant differences between disciplines. Overall, this disseminable program proved to be implementable and improve clinician's knowledge and confidence in caring for PLWD, with the potential to improve quality of care and quality of life, and decrease costs.