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Eric C. Schneider, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School Of Public Health

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Eric Schneider
Harvard School Of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA, 02115
Mailstop: Kresge 406
Phone: 617-432-3124
Fax: 617-432-4494


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Research Abstract

I conduct health services research and teach health policy and clinical epidemiology in the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. I practice and teach primary care internal medicine at Brigham Internal Medicine Associates and inpatient general internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
I have developed nationally recognized expertise on the development and use of measures of clinical quality. Since 1994 my research and teaching have focused on three areas: (1) development and evaluation of measures of clinical quality, (2) the impact of clinical quality measures on quality improvement efforts and (3) the use of clinical quality measures to assess ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health care.
As a general internist, I have applied my broad knowledge of clinical medicine to collaborative research in the areas of colorectal cancer screening and treatment for asthma, depression, colon cancer, and breast cancer. In past work, I have evaluated the impact of new state and national quality measurement initiatives, including statewide publicly disclosed cardiac surgery mortality report cards, and two leading quality measurement systems used to evaluate the quality of health plans nationally: the Health Plan-Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS), and the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS) survey. I have also applied clinical quality measures to examine the quality of medical care for ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, and the uninsured.
Locally, I collaborate with researchers at Harvard Medical School, the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Nationally, I have established collaborations with leading organizations including the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), RAND, the Health Care Finance Administration (HCFA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)
As part of the ambulatory curriculum of the internal medicine residency training program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I teach clinical epidemiology and quality of care topics. In addition to my BWH teaching responsibilities, I co-teach a course on quality improvement in health care at the Harvard School of Public Health and lecture frequently in other courses and seminars offered at the Harvard School of Public Health. I have been invited to lecture at national and international conferences on these topics.

I expect to continue to develop and evaluate measures of clinical quality, conduct evaluations of specific strategies for assessing and improving the quality of clinical care using these measures, and continue health services research on the quality of care for socioeconomically vulnerable patients.


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