The rising cost of healthcare and the rising prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its associated interventions have fostered the demand for sound comparative effectiveness (CE) data. However, specific methods and data are required for treatments and interventions delivered in-hospital. The candidate brings training in advanced epidemiology methods as well as ten years of computer industry experience and aspires to develop novel data sources and methods for CE research. These methods are intended to provide an extended toolbox for CE researchers and, for three clinical examples related to CVD, specific knowledge to practicing clinicians. Drs. Sebastian Schneeweiss, Jerry Avorn, and Robert Glynn will serve as mentors. Collaborators will include Drs. Kenneth Rothman and David Bates. The applicant will enroll in coursework and seminars to gain specific medical and hospital management knowledge, and will attend national conferences to share and gain learnings about epidemiologic techniques. The applicant will have the resources of the Brigham &Women's Hospital's Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics available.
The aims of this project are to (1) assess hospital variability in use of treatments, specifically as it informs instrumental variable (IV) analysis for CE;(2) develop a linked in- and out-of-hospital database and to evaluate that database's ability to provide confounding adjustment;(3) develop and extend instrumental variable and propensity score techniques;and (4) develop techniques to provide automated confounding adjustment from electronic medical record (EMR) data. Three CVD-related exposures will be considered, two drugs (bivalirudin and nesirtide) and a device (drug-eluting stents). Each will be compared to established treatments. This award would play an important role in this applicant's development as an outstanding investigator who can provide leadership in CE methodology and research.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Research Scientist Development Award - Research & Training (K01)
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Anderson, Kay
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