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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Theresa Allison, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Home Based Primary Care, SFVAHCS
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Family & Community Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics
Email: Theresa.Allison@va.gov

Developing More Humane Models of Care for Vulnerable Older Adults

Dr. Allison is a geriatrician and musicologist whose clinical work is focused on the development of interprofessional clinical teams designed to keep vulnerable older adults out of institutions, and whose research is focused on making institutions into more humane environments for complex chronic illness management.  She is interested in the role of music in humanizing interactions within living environments like nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Her current work investigates the self-reported benefits and community-supportive features of choral singing,  and the impact upon caregivers of the ability to sing when one can no longer speak in the context of neurodegenerative disease. She is the Medical Director of Home Based Primary Care.

To see Dr. Allison on Pub Med, click here.