HPI Research Highlights

Targeted interventions to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain in High Risk Patients
Lower back pain accounts for about $86 billion in health care expenditures every year. Dr. Tony Delitto is leading a PCORI-funded pragmatic randomized controlled trial to compare treatments for chronic low back pain: usual care treatment by a PCP and enhanced treatment by a PCP and a physical therapist involving cognitive behavioral therapy. Read more >
Value-Based Care: Contributions of Health Care Professionals with a Focus on Nursing
Value-based purchasing (VBP) is a program that rewards high performance in an effort to accelerate the rapid integration and positive results associated with a national system of performance measurement and public reporting. Dr. Linda Dudjak is analyzing the contribution of health professionals, with a focus on nursing, and the current research on innovative models for the VBP program. Read more >
Variation in Drug Spending and Diffusion of New Drugs in Medicaid
The $400b Medicaid program, which provides health coverage to some of our most vulnerable citizens, is facing state and federal pressure to control costs. Drs. Julie Donohue and Walid Gellad are examining variation in medication use and spending in the Pennsylvania Medicaid to determine the effectiveness of cost-containment strategies to ensure the long term viability of the program. Read more >

Recent Publications

The Impact and Evolution of Medicare Part D. Donohue JM. N Engl J Med. 2014; 371(8):693-5 Article >
Implications of New Insurance Coverage for Access to Care, Cost-Sharing, and Reimbursement. James AE III, Gellad WF, Primack BA. JAMA. 2014; 311(3):241-242 PDF >
Facilitators of an Interprofessional Approach to Care in Medical and Mixed Medical/Surgical ICUs: A Multicenter Qualitative Study. Costa DK, Barg FK, Asch DA, Kahn JM. Res Nurs Health. 2014; 37(4):326-35 PubMed >
Service-Enriched Housing: The Staying at Home Program. Castle N, Resnick N. J Appl Gerontol. 2014; [Epub ahead of print] PubMed >
Receptivity to and Recall of Alcohol Brand Appearances in U.S. Popular Music and Alcohol-Related Behaviors. Primack, BA, McClure AC, Li Z, Sargent JD. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 2014;