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The Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care

Jennifer L. Wolff, PhDjlwolff

Department of Health Policy and Management


Dr. Jennifer L. Wolff is a gerontologist and health services researcher who studies community-based chronic and long-term care delivery for frail and multimorbid older adults, with a particular emphasis on family caregiving. 


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Mitchell MM, Robinson AC, Wolff JL, Knowlton AR. Perceived Mental Health Status of Drug Users with HIV: Concordance Between Caregivers and Care Recipient Reports and Associations with Caregiving Burden and Reciprocity. forthcoming, AIDS Behavior.

Ameling JM, Ephraim PL, Bone LR, Levine DM, Roter DL, Wolff JL, Hill-Briggs F, Fitzpatrick SL, Noronha GJ, Fagan PJ, Lewis-Boyer L, Hickman D, Simmons M, Purnel L, Fisher A, Cooper LA, Aboutamar HJ, Albert MC, Flynn SJ, Boulware LE. Adapting Hypertension Self-Management Interventions to Enhance their Sustained Effectiveness among Urban African Americans. Family and Community Health; 37(2): 119-33.

Giovannetti ER, Reider L, Wolff JL, Frick KD, Boult C, Steinwachs D, Boyd CM.  Do older patients and their family caregivers agree about the quality of chronic illness care? International Journal for Quality in Health Care; 2013: 25(5): 515-525.

Flynn SJ, Ameling, JM, Hill-Briggs F, Wolff JL, Bone LR, Levine DM, Roter DL, Lewis-Boyer L, Fisher A, Purnell L, Ephraim PL, Barbers J, Fitzpatrick SL, Albert MC, Cooper LA, Fagan PJ, Martin D, Ramamurthi HC, Boulware LE. Facilitators and barriers to hypertension self-management in urban African Americans: Perspectives of patients and family members. Patient Preference and Adherence; 2013: 7:741-749.

Marsteller JA, Hsu YJ, Wen M, Wolff JL, Frick K, Reider L, Scharfstein D, Boyd C, Leff B, Schwartz L, Karm L, Boult C. Effects of Guided Care on Providers’ Satisfaction with Care: A Three-Year Matched-Pair Cluster-Randomized Trial. Population Health Management; 2013: 16(5): 317-325.

Working Group on Health Outcomes for Older Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions; Universal health outcome measures for older persons with multiple chronic conditions. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; 2012: 60(12): 2333-41.

Boult C, Leff B, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Marsteller JA, Frick KD, Wegener S, Reider L, Frey K, Mroz TM, Karm L, Scharfstein DO, A Matched-Pair Cluster-Randomized Trial of Guided Care for Multimorbid Older Adults. Journal of General Internal Medicine; 28(5): 612-621.

Wolff JL, Clayman ML, Rabins P, Cook M, Roter DL. An exploration of patient and family engagement in routine primary care visits. forthcoming, Health Expectations.

Wolff JL. Family Matters in Health Care Delivery. JAMA; 2012: 308(15) 1529-1530.

*Howell BL, Wolff JL, Herring B. Medicare Beneficiary Knowledge of the Part D Program and its Relationship with Voluntary Enrollment. Medicare and Medicaid Research Review; 2012: 2(4) E1-E22.

Dattalo M, Giovannetti ER, Scharfstein D, Boult C, Wegener S, Wolff JL, Leff B, Frick K, Reider L, Frey K, Noronha G, Boyd CM. Who participates in Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) Programs? Differences between participants and non-participants in a population of multi-morbid older adults. Medical Care; 2012: 50(12) 1071-5.

Schnell K, Weiss CO, Lee TA, Krishnan JA, Leff B, Wolff JL, Boyd CM. The prevalence of clinically-relevant comorbid conditions in patients with COPD: a cross-sectional study using data from NHANES 1999-2008. BMC Pulm Med; 2012: 12(1) 26.

Scharfstein DO, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Boult C. The need to maximize the value of small matched-pair cluster-randomized trials. American Journal of Managed Care; 2012:18(2).

Wolff JL and Roter DL. Older Adults’ Mental Health Function and Patient-Centered Care: Does Family Companion Presence Help or Hinder Communication? Journal of General Internal Medicine; 2012: 27(6) 661-668.

Weiss CO, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Leff B. Prevalence of Diabetes Treatment Effect Modifiers: the External Validity of Trials to Older Adults; Aging Clinical and Experimental Research; 2012: 24 (4) 370-376.

Weiss CO, Wolff JL, Egleston B, Seplaki CL, Fried LP. Incident preclinical mobility disability increases future risk of new difficulty walking and reduction in walking activity; Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics; 2012: 54(3) 329-333.

Wolff JL, Boyd CM, Gitlin LN, Bruce ML, Roter DL. Going It Together: Persistence of Older Adults’ Accompaniment to Physician Visits by a Family Companion; Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; 2012: 60(1) 106-112.

*Giovannetti ER, Wolff JL, Xue Q, Weiss CO, Leff B, Boult C, Hughes T, and Boyd CM. Difficulty with Health Care Tasks Among Caregivers of Multimorbid Older Adults. Journal of General Internal Medicine; 2012: 27(1): 37-44.

Leff B, Boyd C, Reider L, Mroz T, Karm L, Frick KD, Frey K, Wegener ST, Scharfstein DO, Wolff JL. Response to Letter Regarding “The Effect of Guided Care Teams on the Use of Health Services: Results from a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial” Archives of Internal Medicine; 2011: 171 (17): 1597-8.

Wolff JL and Roter DL. Family presence in routine physician visits and the patient-physician partnership: A meta-analytic study;Social Science and Medicine; 2011: 72(6): 823-31.

Boyd CM, Leff B, Wolff JL, Yu Q, Zhou J, Rand C, Weiss CO, Informing Clinical Practice Guideline Development and Implementation: Prevalence of Co-existing Conditions Among Adults with Heart Disease; Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; 2011: 59(5): 797-805.

Boult C, Reider L, Leff B, Frick KD, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Frey K, Karm L, Wegener ST, Mroz T, Scharfstein DO, The Effect of Guided Care Teams on the Use of Health Services: Results from a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial; Archives of Internal Medicine; 2011: 171(5): 460-6.

*Giovannetti ER and Wolff JL, Cross-Survey Differences in National Estimates of Numbers of Caregivers to Disabled Older Adults; Milbank Quarterly; 2010: 88(3); 310-349.

Marsteller J, Yea-Jen H, Reider K, Frey K, Wolff JL, Boyd, CM, Leff B, Karm L, Scharfstein D, Boult, C. Physician Satisfaction with Chronic Illness Care: A Randomized Trial of Guided Care; Annals of Family Medicine; 2010: 8(4); 308-315.

Boyd CM, Reider L, Frey K, Scharfstein D, Leff B, Wolff JL, Groves C, Karm L, Wegener S, Marsteller J, Boult C. The Effects of Guided Care on the Quality of Health Care for Multi-morbid Older Persons: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial; Journal of General Internal Medicine; 2010: 25(3); 235-242.

Blaum CS, Cigolle CT, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Tian Z, Langa K, Weir DR. Clinical complexity in middle-aged and older adults with diabetes: The Health and Retirement Study; Medical Care; 2010: 48(4); 327-334.

Wolff JL, Rand-Giovanetti E, Boyd CM, Reider L, Palmer S, Scharfstein D, Marsteller J, Wegener S, Frey K, Leff B, Frick KD, Groves C, Boult C. Effects of Guided Care on Family Caregivers; The Gerontologist; 2010: 50: 459-470.

Spencer C, Frick K, Gower EW, Kempen JH, Wolff JL. Disparities in access to medical care for individuals with vision impairment; Opthalmic Epidemiol; 2009: 16(5): 281-288.

Wolff JL, Meadow A, Weiss C, Boyd CM, Leff B. Physician Evaluation and Management of Medicare Home Health Patients; Medical Care; 2009: 47(10): 1147-1155.

Wolff JL and Roter DL. Hidden in Plain Sight: Medical Visit Companions as a Resource for Vulnerable Older Adults; Archives of Internal Medicine; 2008: 168(13); 1409-1415.

*Arbaje AI, Wolff JL, Powe NR, Anderson GF, Boult C. Post-Discharge Environmental and Socioeconomic Factors and the Likelihood of Early Hospital Readmission among Community-Dwelling Medicare Beneficiaries; The Gerontologist; 2008; 48(4), 495-504.

Wolff JL, Kasper JD, Shore A. Long-Term Care Preferences Among Older Adults: A Moving Target? Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 2008; 20(2); 182-200.

Boult C, Reider L, Frey K, Leff B, Boyd CM, Wolff JL, Wegener S, Marsteller J, Karm L, Scharfstein D. Multidimensional Geriatric Assessment Back to the Future: The early effects of “Guided Care” on the Quality of Health Care for Multi-morbid older persons: A cluster-randomized controlled trial; Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences; 2008:63(3);321-327.

Weiss CO, Seplaki CL, Wolff JL, Kasper JD, Agree EM. Self-selected walking speed was consistent when recorded while using a cane; Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 2008; 61:622-627.

Bayliss EA, Bosworth HB, Noel PH, Wolff JL, Damush TM, McIvor L. Supporting self-management for patients with complex medical needs: recommendations of a working group; Chronic Illness, 2007;3(2):167-175.

Dy SM, Wolff JL, Frick KD; Patient Characteristics and End-of-Life Health Care Utilization Among Medicare Beneficiaries, 1989-1999; Medical Care, 2007. 45(10) 926-930. (editorially featured)

Boyd CM, Boult C, Shadmi E, Leff B, Brager R, Dunbar L, Wolff JL, Wegener S. Guided Care for Multi-Morbid Older Adults; The Gerontologist, 2007; 47(5) 697-704.

Weiss CO, Boyd CM, Yu Q, Wolff JL, Leff B. Patterns of prevalent major chronic disease among older adults in the United States, JAMA, 2007; 298 (10): 1160-1162.

McNabney MK, Wolff JL, Semanick LM, Kasper, JD, Boult C. Care Needs of Higher-Functioning Nursing Home Residents; The Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2007; 8:409-412.

Frick KD, West E, Kempen J, Wolff JL. Cost of Visual Impairment and Blindness in the United States, Archives of Opthamology, 2007; 125(4):544-550.

Wolff JL, Dy SM, Frick KD, Kasper JD. End of Life Care: Findings from a National Survey of Caregivers, Archives of Internal Medicine, 2007; 167(1): 40-46.

Wolff JL and Kasper JD. Caregivers of Frail Elders: Updating a National Profile, The Gerontologist, 2006; 46(3): 344-356.

Wolff JL and Boult C. Moving Beyond Round Pegs and Square Holes: Restructuring Medicare to Improve Chronic Care, Annals of Internal Medicine, 2005; 143(6): 439-445. (editorially featured)

Wolff JL, Agree EM, Kasper JD. Wheelchairs, Walkers, and Canes: What Does Medicare Pay for, and Who Benefits? Health Affairs, 2005; 24(4): 1140-1149.

Wolff JL, Boult C, Boyd C, Anderson G. Newly Reported Chronic Conditions and Functional Dependency Onset, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2005; 53(5): 851-855.

Wolff JL. Meeting Long Term Care Needs, Advanced Studies in Medicine, 2004; 4: 318-320.

Wolff JL and Kasper JD. Informal Caregiver Characteristics and Subsequent Hospitalization Outcomes Among Recipients of Care, Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 2004; 16(4): 307-313.

Wolff JL and Agree EM. Depression Among Recipients of Informal Care: The Effects of Reciprocity, Respect, and Adequacy of Support. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 2004; 59B: S173-S180.

Wolff JL, Starfield B, Anderson G. Prevalence, Expenditures, and Complications of Multiple Chronic Conditions in the Elderly.  Archives of Internal Medicine. 2002; 162(20): 2269-2276.