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Clinical Decision Making
Clinical Decision Making
Prescription drugs are prescribed during clinical encounters. Thorough and effective patient-provider communication about the benefits, risks, costs and alternatives to prescription medicines is a vital part of clinical care. The Center supports research and advocacy to identify and overcome barriers to patient-provider communication to improve safe medication use and to maximize adherence.
Comparative Effectiveness
Comparative Effectiveness
For stakeholders to make informed decisions about prescription drug use, they need timely evidence about the comparative effectiveness of therapies and their alternatives, including their risks and benefits. Incomplete evidence contributes to overuse of some therapies, underuse of others and risky prescribing. The Center supports innovative research into these topics.
Global Medicines
Global Medicines
Ensuring adequate access and affordability of prescription medicines poses major and unique challenges for countries around the world. These challenges are particularly salient in emerging economies that account for an increasing proportion of the world's population and pharmaceutical expenditures. Center investigators focus on how public policy can be optimized to maximize global drug availability and access.
Medication Safety
Medication Safety
Some adverse effects of medicines only come to light after medications have been on the market and widely used. Center investigators are working to develop new methods for identifying risk, to predict the likelihood of high-risk medicines or drug combinations and to protect the public from excessive exposure to these products.
Policy Analyses
Policy Analyses
Complex and dynamic policies govern prescription drug regulation. Policymakers face the challenge of maximizing innovation while protecting public health, and developing payment policies that promote evidence-based usage. Center investigators evaluate regulatory policies to provide policymakers with information to continually optimize pharmaceutical regulation.
Prescription Abuse
Prescription Abuse
Prescription drugs provide therapeutic value to millions of Americans. At the same time, rates of prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths are skyrocketing. The annual number of fatal drug overdoses in the United States now surpasses those of motor vehicle deaths. The Center supports innovative research and public advocacy to help stem this epidemic.

Elizabeth Stuart

Associate Professor
Departments of Mental Health and Biostatistics

stuartDr. Elizabeth Stuart, Associate Professor, is a statistician specializing in statistical methods for estimating causal effects in public health and education. She received her PhD in Statistics from Harvard University in 2004 and worked as a Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research for 2 years before joining JHSPH in 2006. Her work has primarily looked at the use of propensity score methods to estimate causal effects in non-experimental studies. She has published numerous papers developing propensity score methods, assessing their performance, and communicating matching methods to non-statistical audiences (Ho et al., 2007, Stuart 2010), and is very interested in providing practical tools and guidance to assist researchers in their use of these methods, including managing a website providing links to propensity score software (http://www.biostat.jhsph.edu/~estuart/propensityscoresoftware.html, accessed approximately 800 times per month). She has given many invited talks and workshops on propensity score methods and teaches a very popular course on causal inference at JHSPH. 

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