Mark Toles, PhD, RN is an assistant professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing. The focus of his work is to advance clinical research in transitional care of frail older adults and their family caregivers. Markâ€™s interest emerged during twelve years of clinical practice as a registered and advanced practice nurse, delivering services for hospitalized adults as they transferred from hospitals to home and other settings of care.
In earlier research, Mark described the incidence and predictors of re-hospitalization among skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients after transitions in care from hospitals to nursing homes to home. Findings indicated that 1 in 5 SNF patients used acute medical services within 30 days of returning home. In current research, Mark is testing Connect-Home, transitional care services designed for SNF patients and their family caregivers. Connect-Home is designed to prepare patients and caregivers to return home safely, and remain their without complications.
Mark received a PhD in Nursing from Duke University in 2011. His research has been supported by the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, the John A. Hartford Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health.
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