Faculty: Suzanne Bakken,RN, PhD, FAAN- Columbia University(moderator); Anirban Basu, PhD- University of Washington; Marisa Domino, PhD- UNC Gillings School of Public Health


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Overview: Traditional comparative effectiveness research (CER) for healthcare has examined the effectiveness, benefits, and harms of different treatment options (AHRQ). This type of analysis is also essential to determining the success of public health interventions and the delivery of public health services. In this webinar, speakers discussed proven and emerging methods for conducting CER, and proposed approaches for utilizing those methods to address population-level inquiries. Dr. Anirban Basu presented emerging methods used for CER, and suggested strategies for their application to public health. Dr. Marisa  Domino then described her research, applying CER methods through Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR). This webinar will be of interest to those investigating systems and population level health challenges, including health service researchers who would like to examine the delivery of health services in public settings. The workshop assumes basic familiarity with the goal of CER. 

Faculty: Suzanne Bakken, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University(moderator); Anirban Basu, PhD, Associate Professor at University of Washington; Marisa Domino, PhD, Professor at UNC Gillings School of Public Health 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the current interest in CER among health services researchers and health policy professionals; 
  • Describe traditional and innovative CER methodology; and 
  • Identify appropriate applications for CER in public health. 

Course Level: 101 (Introductory)

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Faculty Bio:

Sue Bakken imageSuzanne Bakken, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Following doctoral study in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Stanford University. She currently directs the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved and the Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics (RHeaDI) pre- and post-doctoral training program. Dr. Bakken also served as Principal Investigator of the AHRQ-funded Washington Heights Inwood Informatics Infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (WICER) and leads its follow-on study WICER 4 U, which focused on stakeholder engagement. She has also received funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Cancer Institute, and National Library of Medicine. Dr. Bakken has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. In 2010, she received the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, American Academy of Nursing, American College of Medical Informatics, and a member of the Institute of Medicine. 
BasusmallAnirban Basu, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Health Services, Pharmacy and Economics at the University of Washington, Seattle and directs the Program in Health Economics and Outcomes Methodology (PHEnOM) there.  He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Basu received his MS in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1999 and his PhD in Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 2004.

Dr. Basu works at the interface of microeconomics, statistics and health policy. His work has enriched the theoretical foundations of comparative and cost effectiveness analyses. He has developed innovative methods to study heterogeneity in clinical and economic outcomes in order to establish the value of individualized care. His works have appeared in many leading peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, PharmacoEconomics, Statistics in Medicine, Biostatistics, Medical Decision Making and others. Dr. Basu is an Associate Editor for both Health Economics and the Journal of Health Economics and has taught courses on health economics, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and health services research methods. He has received numerous recognitions for his work throughout his career:  the NARSAD Wodecroft Young Investigator Award (2005), the Research Excellence Award for Methodological Excellence (2007) and the Bernie O'Brien New Investigator Award (2009) from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, the Alan Williams Health Economics Fellowship (2008) from the University of York, UK and the Labelle Lectureship in Health Economics (2009) from McMaster University, Canada. 


MarisaDominopicMarisa Elena Domino, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School for Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the economics of mental health at Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy. Dr. Domino's research interests include the economics of mental health, agency relationships among physicians, patients and insurers, the diffusion of new technologies, and the public provision of health care and health insurance to low income populations. Dr. Domino has worked on a variety of projects on insurance design, behavioral health, and chronic illness including papers on the use medical homes in specialty care populations, behavioral health carve-outs, and assertive community treatment. She has also received funding from Changes in Health Care Financing & Organization Initiative at RWJF and AcademyHealth to examine the effect of days' supply policy changes on prescription medications and health services use and from NARSAD to examine the effect that Medicare Part D has had on individuals with severe mental illness. She is the recipient of the 2013 ISPOR Award for Excellence in Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research. 

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