|LDI's Health Policy Program
makes Penn's health services research and education activities more accessible
to policy makers through the review, interpretation, and synthesis of
the work of LDI's Senior Fellows into cogent policy options and recommendations.
LDI's Health Policy Program was created in 1990 and formally designated by the University as the center of Penn's health policy-related activities. The Program's objectives include developing linkages with national, state, and local policy makers, agencies and other policy centers and communicating to them the results of policy-related research. Through conferences, seminars, workshops, and publications, LDI's Health Policy Program provides opportunities for dialogue among health services researchers, students, policy makers, and industry leaders. It also serves as the conduit between LDI Senior Fellows and legislative and corporate decision makers for advice and expert testimony.
Through its LDI Issue Brief Series, the program disseminates key policy findings of Senior Fellow research.
LDI Issue Brief
The Issue Brief series is one of the activities underway by the LDI Health Policy Program to provide health care decision makers with the results of timely relevant health services research. Issue Briefs are published nine times in the academic year.
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Treating Viral Respiratory Tract Infections with Antibiotics in Hospitals:
Preventive surgery is associated with reduced cancer risk and mortality in women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations
Communities and Health: The Case of Inner-City Violence and Asthma
The Burden of Health Care Costs for Working Families
Time, Distance, and Access to Emergency
Paying People to Lose Weight and Stop Smoking
The Best Laid Plans: Disappointments of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
Medication Comprehension and Safety in Older Adults
Hospital Performance Measures and Quality of Care
Voting by Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment
The Shape of Things to Come: Obesity, Aging,
Predicting and Monitoring Antiretroviral Adherence
Wake-Up Call: Quality of Care After Resident Duty Hour Reform
Migration to the U.S.: Trends and Impact
How Health Affects Small Business in
Under: Hospital and Patient Characteristics Affecting Anesthesia Duration
Nicotine Cigarettes May Not Lower Harm
to Antibiotic Allergies
Helping Smokers Quit Through Pharmacogenetics
Primary Care Practice Affects Medicaid Patients Use of Emergency
Physician Order Entry Systems: The Right Prescription?
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Personal Preference or Low Cost Option
Public Spending on Elders and Children: The Gap is Growing
Center-Community Partnerships to Address Firearm Injury: It Can Be Done
Care for Older Adults: A Cost Effective Model
Professional and Public Attitudes Toward Incentives for Organ Donation
The New Medicare Drug Benefit: Much Ado About Little
Education of Children with Asthma: A Meta-Analysis
Nurse Staffing, Education and Patient Mortality
Ineffectiveness of Retrospective Drug Utilization Review
Physicians React to Cost-Effectiveness Information
Guns in the Home: Risky Business
Market Reform in New Jersey and Quality of Care: A Cautionary Tale
Gatekeeping and Children's Health Care Costs
"False Alarm" Mammography Results - How Do Women React?
Medical School Faculty with Disabilities
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To bring about change, research information must be targeted at the right people in the right format at the right time. In the era of disease management programs and evidence-based medicine, the process by which target groups become aware of, accept and utilize research information becomes critical. LDI conducts a spectrum of activities that link research and policy. Through targeted dissemination strategies, LDI communicates research results and promotes their application as a basis for sound clinical and public health policy.
Nearly all scientific projects have the potential for creating health policy ripples. The identification of a new gene related to the clinical course of prostate cancer may influence existing clinical and payment strategies for prostate cancer screening or treatment. How might existing technologies or practice patterns be displaced? How might health insurance and managed care companies react? What do potential patients need to know? What are the likely effects on other medical innovations?
The LDI Policy and Research Program (PReP) is available to all Penn researchers, and can be built into proposals to external funders. Increasingly, both public and private funders are interested in supporting work that can effect change, and are looking for proposals that include a strategy for explaining evidence to clinicians, policymakers and the public. We think research proposals will be stronger if they contain concrete strategies for this kind of policy dissemination.
LDI can design a strategy to meet the needs of each project, including services such as:
· Issue Briefs. These are four-page summaries of research results that highlight their social and policy relevance. They are written in easy-to-understand language with bullet points, headers, margin cut-outs and other devices to enhance delivery of the message. They are professionally written, formatted, printed and distributed to a wide, but carefully selected, audience of senators and members of congress and their staff, other politicians, key industry representatives, and other individuals who do not read scientific journals but are in a position to use the research results.Here's how it works. Penn investigators call LDI as they develop proposals. LDI staff works with them to design a dissemination and communication strategy. LDI provides text to insert into the research plan, resources and environment pages, and budget justification. This program allows investigators to tap into LDI expertise in health policy, health economics and health services research to make proposals more competitive and attractive to a broad array of funders. The cost of the LDI Policy and Research Program is relatively low, and can be included as a direct cost in each proposal. It can easily fit into the new NIH modular budgeting format, as well as the budget requirements of many other public and private funders. Depending on the extent of LDI staff involvement and dissemination activities, this program may add less than 5-10% to project budgets. To find out more about this program, or to enlist our services, please email Janet Weiner, MPH.
The Master of Science in Health Policy Research Program (MSHP) at Penn is a two year, masters-level multidisciplinary training program designed to prepare graduates for health services research and health policy research careers in academic, government, community, and industry settings.
This program is based in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine in collaboration with the Wharton School. The program is a joint venture between the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (RWJ CSP) and is closely affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication, the School of Social Policy and Practice, and the School of Nursing.