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Health services research; Quality of medical care; Use of big data.
My research interests center on assessing and improving the quality of medical care with a particular focus on ambulatory and long-term care settings. Work has examined a variety of clinical conditions with much of the emphasis being on two diseases, hypertension and pressure injuries. While my research has relied on a variety of different data sources, I have particular expertise in the use of large databases and how they can be used to inform healthcare decisions.
Dan Berlowitz, the chair of the Department of Public Health, has decades of experience as a physician, researcher, educator and administrator while serving at the Department of Veterans Affairs. His research interests center on assessing and improving the quality of medical care in ambulatory and long-term care settings. With strong methodological expertise in the areas of quality assessment, risk adjustment and the use of large databases, his research findings have led to improvements in uncontrolled hypertension and pressure injuries. A prolific author with more than 220 publications, Dr. Berlowitz’s most recent article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics concluded that intensive blood pressure therapy is not associated with fear of falling among older hypertension patients.