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Paula K. Diehr

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Professor Emeritus, Health Services
Professor Emeritus, Biostatistics (primary appt.)


PhD   University of California Los Angeles, 1970   (Biostatistics)
MS   University of California Los Angeles, 1967   (Biostatistics)
BS   Harvey Mudd College (California), 1963   (Mathematics)

Contact Info


Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington
H-665D, Health Sciences Building
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   357232
voice:   206-543-8004
fax:   206-543-3286


Paula Diehr has worked primarily in health services research, with a special emphasis on mental health services, different insurance and provider plans, health status, diagnostic rules for headache, cough and ankle trauma, health promotion evaluation, health services for older adults, people without health insurance, utilization and cost of health services, survey methods, community-based analyses, and years of healthy life or quality of life. She is generally interested in health outcomes. Dr. Diehr has published recently in the area of obesity, survival and years of healthy life for older adults.

Managed care, obesity, survival and years of healthy life for older adults

Locke E, Thielke S, Diehr P, Wilsdon AG, Barr RG, Hansel N, Kapur VK, Krishnan J, Enright P, Heckbert SR, Kronmal RA, Fan VS. Effects of respiratory and non-respiratory factors on disability among older adults with airway obstruction: the Cardiovascular Health Study. COPD. 2013 Oct;10(5):588-96. doi: 10.3109/15412555.2013.781148. Epub 2013 Jul 2.  PMID: 23819728

Diehr PH, Thielke SM, Newman AB, Hirsch C, Tracy R. Decline in health for older adults: five-year change in 13 key measures of standardized health. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2013 Sep;68(9):1059-67. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glt038. Epub 2013 May 10.  PMID: 23666944    PMCID: PMC3738029
PubMed Central

Kurland BF, Johnson LL, Diehr PH. Accommodation of missing data in supportive and palliative care clinical trials. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2012 Dec;6(4):465-70. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e328358441d.  PMID: 23042422

Thielke S, Diehr P. Transitions among Health States Using 12 Measures of Successful Aging in Men and Women: Results from the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Aging Res. 2012;2012:243263. doi: 10.1155/2012/243263. Epub 2012 Oct 21.  PMID: 23193476    PMCID: PMC3485538
PubMed Central

Thielke SM, Whitson H, Diehr P, O'Hare A, Kearney PM, Chaudhry SI, Zakai NA, Kim D, Sekaran N, Sale JE, Arnold AM, Chaves P, Newman A. Persistence and remission of musculoskeletal pain in community-dwelling older adults: results from the cardiovascular health study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Aug;60(8):1393-400. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04082.x. Epub 2012 Aug 2.  PMID: 22861385