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Susan C. Hedrick

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I am excited about the opportunities we have to use the tools of health services research to develop health care and living arrangements that better meet the needs of those with chronic illnesses and disabilities while preserving autonomy and quality of life.
Professor Emeritus, Health Services


PhD   Michigan State University, 1982   (Health Services)
MA   Michigan State University, 1975   (Psychology)
BA   Kalamazoo College, 1970   (Psychology)

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Susan Hedrick's research focus is the cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve care for persons with chronic illnesses. She is PI of an evaluation of Washington's community-based residential care programs and the evaluation of the VA Pilot Program in Assisted Living. She is Associate Director of the Northwest Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

Cost-effectiveness of community-based long-term care

Yueh B, Collins MP, Souza PE, Boyko EJ, Loovis CF, Heagerty PJ, Liu CF, Hedrick SC. Long-term effectiveness of screening for hearing loss: the screening for auditory impairment--which hearing assessment test (SAI-WHAT) randomized trial. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Mar;58(3):427-34.  PMID: 20398111

Hedrick SC, Guihan M, Chapko MK, Sullivan J, Zhou XH, Manheim LM, Forsberg CW, Mambourg FJ. Assisted living pilot program: health outcomes. J Aging Health. 2009 Feb;21(1):190-207. Epub 2008 Dec 12.  PMID: 19074647

Arterburn DE, McDonell MB, Hedrick SC, Diehr P, Fihn SD. Association of body weight with condition-specific quality of life in male veterans. Am J Med. 2004 Nov 15;117(10):738-46.  PMID: 15541323

Liu CF, Hedrick SC, Chaney EF, Heagerty P, Felker B, Hasenberg N, Fihn S, Katon W. Cost-effectiveness of collaborative care for depression in a primary care veteran population. Psychiatr Serv. 2003 May;54(5):698-704.  PMID: 12719501

Felker B, Katon W, Hedrick SC, Rasmussen J, McKnight K, McDonnell MB, Fihn SD. The association between depressive symptoms and health status in patients with chronic pulmonary disease. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2001 Mar-Apr;23(2):56-61.  PMID: 11313071

Community Residential Care In Washington State, Predictors of Health Status, Service Use and Costs

This is a study of 349 clients receiving State-funded care in three community residential settings: adult family homes, adult residential care, and assisted living. The objectives are: 1) to describe the characteristics of clients entering each of the three types of community residential care settings; 2) to identify outcomes and costs of care for persons in these settings; 3) to identify factors predicting differences in outcomes and costs of care.

Evaluation Of Assisted Living Pilot Program

The study objectives are to: 1) describe the number and characteristics of all veterans enrolled in the VA Assisted Living Pilot Program (ALPP) and ALPP vendors in a four state area; 2) assess the satisfaction of veterans and their families, the use and cost of health care services; and 3) assess satisfaction with the program for the vendors and involved VA staff.

The Northwest Center for Outcomes Research in Older Adults: A Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence

The goals of this Center are to perform state-of-the-art research, generate new knowledge and research methods, provide high caliber training in health services research, and assist VA policy makers in a rapidly changing health care environment. The Center presently has 18 core and 27 affiliate investigators who conduct a extensive program of health services research funded by a combination of VA and non-VA sources. I have been Associate Director of this Center since 1993.