Pamela Owens, PhD
Pam Owens is a health services researcher with a doctoral degree in epidemiology and health policy from Yale University (1999). She is the co-director for the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences' (ICTS) Center for Administrative Data Research and is an assistant research professor in the Division of Infectious Disease. She serves as an ICTS liaison to the NIH comparative effectiveness research committee.
Dr. Owens comes to Washington University from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, serving as a senior fellow focused on the development and use of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project outpatient data, development of quality indicators for outpatient care, and research coordinator of emergency department care. Dr. Owens has been author or co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and numerous technical reports. In addition to publications, she has given numerous presentations at national conferences and federal committees.
Dr. Owens' previous research has focused on disparities in access, costs and quality (including safety) of health care, health policy and health services research. Primarily working with large administrative databases, Dr. Owens has examined patterns of hospital, emergency department and ambulatory surgery delivery of care for vulnerable populations, including children, elderly, those with mental disorders and/or substance use disorders, those from rural areas, and those from low-income areas. Her current research projects focus on readmissions and revisits to the same or different hospitals; factors related to readmissions for injurious falls, for healthcare-acquired infections, and for sickle cell disease; emergency department visits for mental health and substance abuse conditions; pediatric quality of care; and development of emergency department quality indicators.
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