PATRICIA DYKES, RN, PHD, MA
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Sr. Nurse Scientist, Program Director, Nursing Research, Center for Nursing Excellence
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Department of Medicine/General Medicine
Dr. Patricia Dykes is Senior Nurse Scientist and Program Director for Research in the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice and the Center for Nursing Excellence at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dykes’ program of research relates to the use of technology to promote communication, care coordination, and patient safety. She has published and presented widely on these topics. Dykes and her team were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop and test a web-based fall prevention toolkit. The toolkit was found to significantly reduce falls in acute care hospitals and the results of their study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dykes and her team have expanded this research and are exploring the use of technology to provide the core set of information needed by care team members (including patients) at the bedside to provide and engage in safe patient care. Dr. Dykes is currently the Partner’s HealthCare site Principal Investigator for a PCORI/NIA funded fall prevention clinical trial. She is the author of 2 books and over 70 peer reviewed publications and has presented her work related to nursing informatics, clinical documentation, and patient safety both nationally and internationally. She is a member of the US National Institutes of Health Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics.