OREF Impact of Regulatory Policies on the Patient-Physician Relationship Research Grant in Honor of Sigvard Hansen, MD

Funding Agency:
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
  • This Funding Opportunity Announcement solicits investigator-initiated research proposals to explore the impact of regulatory practices on the patient-physician relationship. The proposal should examine how and to what extent the burden of additional required documentation impacts the amount and quality of time a physician has available to focus on direct patient care.
  • Examples of areas of investigation can include:
    • Clarifying impact of the EMR “copy and pasting” practice on the utility of the EMR for clinical decision making
    • Documenting the impact of examination room computer documentation on physician-patient communication
    • Assessing the impact of medical “ scribes” on physician-patient communication
    • Examining the impact of EMR documentation on the process of shared decision making
    • Detailing potential EMR practice changes to enhance the utility of the EMR for clinical research
    • The impact of the EMR on physician well-being, burn out/ attrition, and job satisfaction.
    • The impact of other bureaucratic, administrative and regulatory mandates on the physician patient relationship and/or physician well-being and job satisfaction
  • Submitted proposals should seek to gain a better understanding of whether regulatory policies such as those related to documenting patient encounters in an electronic medical record (EMR) system enhances or erodes the doctor patient relationship, patient satisfaction and patient safety.

Deadline: Sep. 5, 2019; FEb. 21, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applications may be submitted by non-profit, public and private institutions of higher education, such as hospitals, medical schools, universities, and colleges, in the United States. 
  • Multidisciplinary research activity is always encouraged.  PhDs may serve as the principal investigator (PI) if they have a primary or secondary faculty appointment in an orthopaedic department.  A letter from the department chair confirming this appointment is required. The orthopaedic surgeon must be licensed to practice in the United States.
  • The orthopaedic surgeon must provide a statement on time to be allocated to the project indicating percent of average time allocated and how the time will be spent.
  • The Principal Investigator must be a new investigator.  A new investigator is classified as an individual who has not received an R01 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant or its equivalent (e.g., VA, DOD, and NSF, etc.) as a PI. New investigators who have demonstrated a sustained interest in research and excellence in their training are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants are limited to one submission to OREF per cycle regardless of category. The same project may not be submitted in multiple categories, even if the PI is different. The principal investigator may receive only one OREF grant of each type during his/her lifetime.



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 21, 2020