Invisible Patients Global

A Research & Education Initiative at University of Virginia

The Invisible Patients Global (IPG) is a UVA program that exists to serve those invisible homebound patients locally and globally.

A hidden population of frail and/or homebound individuals are unable to access basic health care due to a combination of chronic illness and functional impairment. There are about 4 million of them in the United States and over 40 million in East Asia. The numbers are increasing fast because of population aging. Many homebound people are invisible to the society and health care providers. They have both the greatest need for primary/palliative care AND the most significant difficulty accessing these services.

If they can't come to us, we go to them.

The Invisible Patients Global Fund will be used to advance home-based medical care through research and educational projects. We are educating Chinese physicians and other healthcare providers regarding home health care and increasing physician awareness of and involvement in home care. We also conduct research that aims to improve the availability and quality of home-based care in the United States. Our projects will help the Chinese and American patients in need to access quality medical care in the home that results in a profound improvement in medical outcomes, patient and family experience, and healthcare spending.

Research & Education

to advance home-based medical care

· We will speak about caring for the homebound at the 54th Annual Congress of Japan Society for Healthcare Administration at Fukushima, Japan and the World Hospital at Home Congress at Madrid, Spain.

· We conducted the first study of disparities in home-based medical care in the United States. Although there was a small increase in the use of HBMC between 2011 and 2014, the majority of eligible home‐limited individuals have not received medical care at home.

· We organized the first-ever training of home-centered care in China. It has attracted 200 applicants and we could only admit 60 of them. We will provide follow-up mentoring to help them to become the future leaders of home-based care in China.

· We first found that nurse practitioners (NPs) are now the largest type of provider delivering residence-based care. NPs provide care over the largest geographical service area.

· We found that the United States faces a shortage of providers who care for homebound patients.. About 5,000 primary care providers made 1.7 million home visits to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in 2013, accounting for 70 percent of all home-based medical visits.

Support IPG

to serve the sickest patients

To support us, you can make your gift online in the “Other” box and then note in the Special Instructions that you would like this gift to support the “Invisble Patients Global Fund.” That’s it! Thank you again for your generous donation.

If you have any questions and comments, please contact us at ayao at virginia dot edu