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Beach, Mary C
Institution: Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Baltimore, MD
Project Description: The three goals of this project were to:
Career Goals: Dr. Beach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, at the Johns Hopkins University. She received her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she also did her residency. This was followed by a Fellowship in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins where she earned her MPH. This K award helped her develop as a leader in health services research and health policy focused on disparities in healthcare quality and patient-centeredness for vulnerable populations. Building on her background in internal medicine, bioethics and health policy, she was able to develop additional skill through:
Progress to Date: This grant has been completed. In her study of health literacy, Dr. Beach found patients did not differ with regard to their desired or perceived level of involvement based on health literacy. In audiotaped analysis, however, patients with low health literacy asked significantly fewer questions and gave less information to physicians. Dr. Beach became a nationally-recognized expert in the area of patient-centered care for vulnerable populations.
Future Plans: Dr. Beach will conduct data analysis on her HIV study and implement an intervention aimed at improving communication. She will continue drafting manuscripts for publication and participating in the Patient-Physician Partnership to Improve HBP [High Blood Pressure] Adherence Study.
Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:
K-Generated Publications: (selected):
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