Center for Health Care and Policy Research

Creating and disseminating new scientific knowledge to help decision-makers develop cost effective services and programs that improve people's health...

At CHCPR we help researchers interested in all aspects of health services and health care improvement finding funding, develop quality research designs, collect and analyze data, and disseminate findings to the right audiences.


Forthcoming Publication

Are Health Care Quality “Report Cards” Reaching Consumers? Awareness in the Chronically Ill Population

Dennis Scanlon, Yunfeng Shi, Neeraj Bhandari, and Jon Christianson

Appearing Soon in The American Journal of Managed Care

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the federal government, and other stakeholders have invested significantly in making comparative health care quality information available to the public and giving community members the tools needed to make effective choices about their health care. In this study we examine public awareness of these comparative quality reports and the relationship between awareness and the change in availability of comparative health care quality information. Overall, we found about 25% of the chronically ill population was aware of hospital quality reports with no change between 2007 and 2012. For physician quality reports we found a change in awareness from about 13% of the chronically ill population in 2007 to about 17% in 2012. We also found a significant variation in awareness across the 14 communities and national sample we examined and we report these results as well. To read more click here to see this article online ahead of print.

This article was produced as part of the evaluation of Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program. Click here to see other AF4Q Evaluation Publications


Health Services Research Colloquium

Mondays, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. 118 Keller Building

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Spring 2015 Schedule

Monday, January 26
Joanne Spetz, Ph.D.
School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Title: “What Predicts a Nurse Practitioner Working in Primary Care?”
* Special Location * 110 Henderson – Bennett Pierce Living Center
(Audio for remote participants will be available through Adobe Connect. No dial-in number is necessary for this presentation.)

Click here to view a recording of Dr. Spetz's presentation from 1/26/15.


Monday, March 2
Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D.
School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Title: “Contributions of Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Providing Primary and Specialty Care: Comparative Analyses of Medicare Claims Data and National Surveys”


Monday, March 30
Amy Wolaver , Ph.D.
Institute for Public Policy, Bucknell University
Title: “Investigating the Feasibility of Using Medical Records to Study Non-Environmental Health Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development"


Monday, April 20
Sally Stearns, Ph.D.

Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: “Medication Adherence and Readmission following Heart Failure Hospitalization”


Monday, April 27
Adam Atherly, Ph.D.
Health Systems, Management and Policy, University of Colorado, Denver
Title: “Switching Costs and Plan Loyalty in Medicare Part C “​