CHPR faculty members and staff design and execute innovative research using advanced methodologies to improve evidence-based decision making by public and private entities at the local, state, national, and international levels. We offer expertise in the following areas:

  • comparative effectiveness
  • GIS analysis and mapping
  • health economics (e.g., cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, etc.)
  • patient-centered research
  • program evaluation
  • public deliberation about health care
  • qualitative research (e.g., surveys, focus groups, structured interviews, etc.)
  • systematic evidence reviews                                                                     

Our researchers choose rigorous and appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods when studying a variety of topics related to healthcare quality, efficiency, and outcomes across disparate populations. CHPR members and staff hold subject matter expertise in areas such as:

  • consumer behavior
  • disparities and equity
  • healthcare access, coverage, and utilization
  • ICD-9 / ICD-10 translation
  • Medi-Cal
  • mental/behavioral health
  • physician-patient communication
  • prescription drug use and cost (e.g., specialty drugs, opioids, etc.)
  • preventive care
  • quality of care measurement
  • tobacco cessation
  • women’s health

See “Applied Policy Analysis” for projects that intersect with our policy research such as legislative analysis, quality measurement, and systematic reviews.

Harnessing Patient Narrative to Promote Opioid Tapering in Primary Care
Funding agency: NIH
PI: Stephen Henry, M.D.


A Clinician Training Intervention to Improve Pain-related Communication, Pain Management, and Opioid Prescribing in Primary - Care
Funding agency: NIH
PI: Stephen Henry, M.D.


Developing Patient-level Risk Prescription Models for Prescription Opioid Overdose
Funding agency: NIH
PI: Stephen Henry, M.D.


Reliable Failure-to-Rescue
Funding agency: AHRQ/CHOP
PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


Building Tobacco Cessation Connections Across Los Angeles County Providers
Funding agency: TRDRP
PI: Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.


CA Quits
Funding Agency: CDPH
PI: Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.


Reliability of Diagnoses Coding with ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM
Funding agency: NIH

PI: Eduard Poltavskiy, Ph.D.


A Case-Control Study to Identify Potentially Modifiable Risk Factors for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicator 11-Postoperative Respiratory Failure
Funding Agency: American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
PI: Jacqueline Stocking, Ph.D. (c), M.B.A., M.S.N.


Tailored Activiation in Primary Care to Reduce Suicide Behaviors in Middle Aged Men
Funding Agency: CDC
PI: Anthony Jerant, M.D.


Symptoms and Care-Seeking Behvior During Acute Stroke
Funding Agency: Genentech, Inc.
PI: Pat Zrelak, Ph.D., C.N.R.N., C.N.A.A., B.C.


Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence on Community College Campuses
Funding Agency: TRDRP
PI: Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.


Impact of Cancer Communication Intervention on Caregiver Bereavement
Funding Agency: University of Rochester, NIH
PI: Richard Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H.


SpeakOut: Empowering Teen to Teen Communication About Highly Effective Contraception
Funding Agency: DHHS
PI: Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, M.D.


Understanding Consumer's Views of Cost Sharing, Quality, and Network Choice
Funding Agency: RWJF
PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


California Healthcare Benefits Review Program
Funding Agency: UCOP

PI: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.


Evidence - Based Practice Centers (Kaiser, Northwest, AHRQ): Systematic Reviews
Funding Agency: Kaiser Northwest

PI: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.


Analytic Enhancement of AHRQ Quality Indicators
Funding Agency: AHRQ

PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


Medical Failure to Rescue
Funding Agency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


Technical Assistance to CDC Surveillance Programs for ICD-10 Transition
Funding Agency: National Association of Health Data Organizations


Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence on Community College Campuses

Funding Agency: UCOP

PI: Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.


Innovation Evaluation Center

Funding Agency: UCOP

PI: Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


N-of-1 Trials Using mHealth in Chronic Pain

Funding Agency: NIH

PI: Richard L. Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H.


Values and Options in Cancer Care (VOICE)
Funding Agency: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
PI:
Richard L. Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Stakeholder Feedback-Secret Shopper Study of Medi-Cal Enrollees
Funding Agency: California Health Care Foundation
PI: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.


When the Price Is Not Right: State Options on Prescription Drug Pricing
Funding Agency: Center for Healthcare Decisions

PI: Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D.


Development of Ambulatory Care Outcome Measures
Funding Agency: CMS (Subcontract with Yale University)
PI: Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


Acting to Reduce Variations in Utilization: Advance Care Planning for Heart Failure
Funding Agency: CHF/UCLA
PI: Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


CalPERS Strategic Healthcare Measures Evaluation
Funding Agency: CalPERS
PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


Technical Assistance to CDC Surveillance Programs for ICD-10 Transition
Funding Agency: NAHDO
PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


UC Tobacco Cessation Network
Funding Agency: CHQI
PI: Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.


CHPR Outcomes and Evaluations Core, Behavior Health Center of Excellence
Funding Agency: BHCOE UC Davis

PI: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.


Improve Information Transparency of Healthcare Pricing and Quality Outcomes
Funding Agency: State Dept. of Insurance

PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


Use of Administrative Data to develop and Validate a Set of Nurse Sensitive Measures in Patients With Stroke

Funding Agency: Neuroscience Nursing Foundation

PI: Patricia Zrelak, Ph.D., C.N.R.N., C.N.A.A., B.C.


Exploring Disparities: Urinary incontinence Treatment Seeking in Mid-life Women

Funding Agency: NIH

PI: Elaine Waetjen, M.D.


Provider Training to Support Patient Self-efficacy for Depression Care
Funding Agency: NIH
PI: Anthony F. Jerant, M.D.


Promoting Patient-centered Counseling to Reduce Inappropriate Diagnostic Tests
Funding Agency: PCORI
PI: Joshua Fenton, M.D., M.P.H.


Symptoms and Care-Seeking Behavior During Acute Stroke, A Descriptive Study 
PI: Patricia Zrelak, Ph.D., C.N.R.N., N.E.A.-B.C. 
Source of Support: Genentech  


AHRQ Quality Indicators Emergency Preparedness Measures
Principal Investigator: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.
Source of Support: Batelle Memorial Institute
Approved/Proposed Dates: 1/1/08- (contract extensions and modifications ongoing)