Research & Scholarship

Today’s most relevant health care issues are being addressed by ongoing faculty research. Faculty examine a broad range of challenges in the American health care system and introduce fresh approaches by drawing on diverse backgrounds, including social sciences, medicine, economics, business, and policy. Collaboration with affiliated research centers provides access to further resources and expertise.

Health policy & management, health economics, health outcomes measurement, and health reform are the department’s main areas of research. For the most up-to-date research activity, please view the presentations and the most recent publications by our HPM faculty, listed below.

Faculty Research Seminars 2013

Thursday, September 26 at Noon in the Founder’s Room, T307W—Professor Gouri Gupte

Thursday, May 23—Kathleen Carey, PhD, presents : “Hospital Length of Stay and Costly Readmissions.”

Thursday, April 11, 2013—Jack Clark, PhD, “Patients’ Reasons for Completing Antiviral Treatment for Hepatitis C”

Thursday, March 14, 2013—Alan Sager, PhD, “Causes and Consequences of Urban Hospital Closings, 1936 – 2010″

Thursday, February 21, 2013—Mari-Lynn Drainoni, PhD, “Effect of Shifts in Funding for STI Services during Health Reform Changes in Massachusetts”

Recent Publications

Avetisyan R, Cabral H, Montouris G, Jarrett K, Shapiro GD, Berlowitz DR, Kase CS, Kazis LE. Evaluating racial/ethnic variations in outpatient epilepsy care. Journal of Epilepsy and Behavior 2013, 27:95-101. DOI information: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.12.020.

Borzecki AM, Cevasco M, Mull HJ, Shin M, Itani, K, Rosen AK.  Improving the Identification of Postoperative Wound Dehiscence Missed by the Patient Safety Indicator Algorithm.  Am J Surg 2013; Feb.8 (epub ahead of print).

Chang BH, Sommers E. Acupuncture and relaxation response for craving and anxiety reduction among military veterans in recovery from substance use disorder. American Journal of Addictions – accepted for publication 3/20/13

Chang, BH, Nathan Stein, Kelly Trevino, Max Stewart, Ann Hendricks, & Lara M Skarf, Spiritual Needs and Spiritual Care for Veterans at End of Life and their Families, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 29(8), 610-617, 2012.

Chang, BH, Nathan Stein, Kelly Trevino, Max Stewart, Ann Hendricks, & Lara M Skarf, End-of-Life Spiritual Care at a VA: Chaplains’ Perspectives. Palliative and Supportive Care, published on line May 2012, Vol. 10, Num. 4, 2012.

Chen Q, Mill HJ, Shwartz M, Hanchate A, Obrien WJ, Borzecki AM, Rosen AK.  Comparing Two Methods of Assessing 30-Day Readmissions: What is the Impact on Hospital Profiling in the Veterans Health Administration? Med Care 2013; in press.

Drainoni, Mari-Lynn, PhD, Litwin, Alain N., MD, Smith, Bryce D., PhD, Koppelman, Elisa A., MSW, McDee, M. Diane, MD, Christiansen, Cindy L., PhD, Gifford, Allen L., MD, Weinbaum, Cindy M., MD, and Southern, William N., MD. Effectiveness of a Risk Screener in Identifying Hepatitis C Virus in a Primary Care Setting. Am J of Public Health:Sept. 20, 2012: e1-e7. Doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300659. 9/20/12.

Groessl, Erik J., Ho, Samuel B., Asch, Steven M., Stepnowsky, Carl J., Gifford, Allen L. and Diana Laurent. The Hepatitis C Self-Management Program: Sustainability of Primary Outcomes at 1 Year. Health Educ Behav published online 27 February 2013. DOI: 10.1177/1090198113477112.

Liu, Chuan-Fen, Burgess, James F., Jr., Manning, Willard G., and Maciejewski, Matthew L. Beta-Binomial Regression and Bimodal Utilization. Health Research and Educational Trust. DOI: 101111/1475-6773.12055.

Lynch JA, Khoury MJ, Borzecki AM, Cromwell J, Hayman LL, Reid-Ponte P, Miller GA, Lathan CS.  Utilization of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) testing in the United States: a case study of T3 translational research. Genet Med 2013; Feb. 28 (epub ahead of print).

McInnes, Keith D., Hardy, Helene, Goetz, Matthew B., Skolnik, Paul R., Brewster, Amanda L., Hofmann, Roger H., and Gifford, Allen L. Development and Field Testing of an HIV Medication Touch Screen Computer Patient Adherence Tool with Telephone-Based, Targeted Adherence Counseling. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (JIAPAC published online 11 September 2012). DOI: 10.1177/1545109712454333.

McInnes, Keith D., ScD, Solomon, Jeffrey L., PhD, Shimada, Stephanie L., PhD, Petrakis, Beth A., MPA, Bokhour, Barbara G., PhD, Asch, Steven M., MD, MPH, Nazi Kim, M., PhD, Houston, Thomas K., MD, MPH, and Gifford, Allen L., MD. Development and Evaluation of an Internet and Personal Health Record Training Program for Low-income Patients with HIV or Hepatitis C. Medical Care. Vol 51, No. 3 Suppl 1, March 2013.

Mull HJ, Borzecki AM, Hickson K, Itani KMF, Rosen AK. Development and Testing of Tools to Detect Ambulatory Surgical Adverse Events. J Pat Saf 2013; Jan. 30 (epub ahead of print).

Rosen A, Loveland S, Shin M, Shwartz M, Hanchate A, Chen Q, Kaafarani HA, Borzecki A.Examining the Impact of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) in the Veterans Health Administration: The Case of Readmissions.  Medical Care 2013; 51(1):37-44.

Selim AJ, Fincke BG, Rogers WH, Qian S, Selim BJ, and Kazis LE. Guideline-recommended medications: Variation across Medicare Advantage Plans and associated mortality. JMCP March 2013, Vol 19(2): 132-138.

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