The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research conducts a broad array of multidisciplinary projects in health services research, comparative effectiveness, and other research areas related to our Mission. 

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

PI: Eduard Poltavskiy, Ph.D.
Award Dates Start/End: 04/01/2016 – 03/31/2017


Stakeholder Feedback-Secret Shopper Study of Medi-Cal Enrollees
Funding Agency: California Healthcare Foundation
PI: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Dates Start/End: 04/01/2016 – 06/30/2016


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

PI: Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D.
Award Dates Start/End: 04/01/2016 – 05/31/2016


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.
Award Dates Start/End: 11/01/2015 – 06/15/2017


Tailored Activiation in Primary Care to Reduce Suicide Behaviors in Middle Aged Men
Funding Agency: CDC
PI: Anthony Jerant, M.D.
Award Dates Start/End: 09/01/2015 – 07/31/2016


Protocol ML28690 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.
Award Dates Start/End: 07/21/2014 – 07/31/2016


Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence on Community College Campuses
Funding Agency: TRDRP
PI: Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.
Award Dates Start/End: 08/01/2013 – 07/31/2017


Impact of Cancer Communication Intervention on Caregiver Bereavement
Funding Agency: NIH, University of Rochester subcontract
PI: Richard Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Award Dates Start/End: 12/01/2012 – 11/30/2017


SpeakOut: Empowering teen to teen communication about highly effective contraception
Funding Agency: DHHS
PI: Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, M.D.
Award Dates Start/End: 07/01/2015 – 06/30/2020


CalPERS Strategic Healthcare Measures Evaluation
Funding Agency: CalPERS
PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Dates Start/End: 12/31/2015 – 12/30/2016


Understanding Consumer's Views of Cost Sharing, Quality and Network Choice
Funding Agency: Stanford/AHRQ
PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Dates Start/End: 10/01/2015 – 03/31/2017


Technical Assistance to CDC Surveillance Programs for ICD-10 Transition
Funding Agency: NAHDO
PI: Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Dates Start/End: 11/01/2013 – 01/31/2016


UC Tobacco Cessation Network
Funding Agency: CHQI
PI: Elisa Tong, M.D., M.A.
Award Dates Start/End: 02/01/2014 – 09/30/2016


Quality, Safety and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Program (T32)

Funding Agency: AHRQ

Co-PIs: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H. and Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


California Healthcare Benefits Review Program, UCOP

PI: Joy Melnikow


Breast Cancer Screening Technology Systematic Review, Kaiser Northwest

PI: Joy Melnikow


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

PI: Joy Melnikow


Analytic Enhancement of AHRQ Quality Indicators, Stanford University

PI: Patrick Romano


Improve Information Transparency of Healthcare Pricing and Quality Outcomes State Dept. of Insurance,

PI: Patrick Romano


Medical Failure to Rescue, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

PI: Patrick Romano


Technical Assistance to CDC Surveillance Programs for ICD-10 Transition, 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.


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.


Values and Options in Cancer Care (VOICE)

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

Source of Support: National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Development of Ambulatory Care Outcome Measures
Funding Agency: CMS (Subcontract with Yale University)
Funding Amount: $18.920
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
Funding Amount: $42,181
PI: Patrick S. Romano, M.D., M.P.H.


Provider Training to Support Patient Self-efficacy for Depression Care
Funding Agency: NIH
Funding Amount: $698,602
PI: Anthony F. Jerant, M.D.


Promoting Patient-centered Counseling to Reduce Inappropriate Diagnostic Tests
Funding Agency: PCORI
Funding Amount: $687,729
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)
Total Costs: $980,672

Characterizing opioid dose escalation during early chronic opioid therapy for pain
Stephen G. Henry, M.D., M.Sc


Delayed umbilical cord clamping for term infants: Evaluating the impact of adopting a hospital policy for vaginal delieveries and a pilot trial during Cesarean deliveries
Caroline Chantry, M.D.


Anemia, transfusion and outcomes from traumatic brain injury
Garth Utter, M.D., M.Sc.


Comparison of a Clinical Decision Instrument versus Usual Care to Risk Stratify Children for Intra-abdominal Injury after Blunt Abdominal Trauma: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
Daniel K. Nishijima, M.D., M.A.S.


Migrant agricultural workers’ mental health needs and barriers to care:  A pilot study
Natalia Deeb-Sossa, Ph.D. 
CHPR/CTSC


Validation of a parent exit interview survey to assess physician counseling on diet and physical activity during pediatric well child visits
Ulfat Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H.
CHPR/CTSC


Designing Sustainable Educational Materials for Community-based Programs
Ben Rich, J.D., Ph.D.
CHPR/CTSC


What should doctors say when giving prescriptions?  The use of persuasive strategies in medical recommendations
Bo Feng, Ph.D.
CHPR/CTSC


Validating methods for assessing vitamin D status in different ancestry groups
Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.
CHPR/CTSC


Social attachment and neurocognitive function as predictors of parental dysfunction in at-risk mothers
Michael J. Minzenberg, Jon Caldwell
CHPR/CTSC