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AHRQ Names Second Child and Adolescent Health Scholar

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Press Release Date: September 12, 2000

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today announced that Howard Bauchner, M.D., was selected as AHRQ's second Child and Adolescent Health Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Bauchner will work with the Center for Primary Care Research to conduct research on issues related to primary care for children, health disparities, and physician-patient communication and decisionmaking.

Dr. Bauchner comes to AHRQ from the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, where he serves as Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Director of the Division of General Pediatrics, and Associate Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs. He has built an excellent academic division focusing on clinical, health services, and policy research. He also serves as project director of Boston University's faculty development program and the National Research Service Award fellowship program where he organized the academic/research seminar for all junior faculty and fellows.

Dr. Bauchner received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles, numerous book chapters, as well as scientific presentations. His appointment is effective September 1, 2000, through June 30, 2001.

"Dr. Bauchner's experience and knowledge as a clinician, epidemiologist, educator and mentor give him invaluable expertise in developing and implementing effective measures for improving the quality of care provided to children and adolescents," said Dr. Lisa Simpson, AHRQ deputy director. "I also would like to thank Dr. Joseph Thompson, AHRQ's first Child and Adolescent Health Scholar, who participated in several research projects to study the use, access, costs, and quality of child and adolescent health services.

The appointment of Dr. Joseph Thompson ended on August 31. Dr. Thompson has assisted with the refinement of existing tools and development of new databases for use in child health services research, including a new national database, the Child-National Inpatient Database in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), which will be available later this year. In addition, Dr. Thompson helped develop a new classification system for use with the HCUP databases. He also developed a child-relevant analysis of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and the National Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®) Benchmarking Database and provided leadership in the development of quality measures for children with special health care needs.

Editor's Note: AHRQ seeks new applicants for its child and adolescent health scholar-in-residence program, which is cosponsored by the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Scholar candidates from all health research and policy backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, allied health, and the social and behavioral sciences, are encouraged to apply. The next round of applications to be a child and adolescent health scholar-in-residence are due by February 1, 2001. Visit the Child Health section of AHRQ's Web site at http://www.ahrq.gov/child/scholar.htm for more information on how to apply.

For more information, contact AHRQ Public Affairs (301) 427-1364: Nancy Comfort, (301) 427-1866 (NComfort@ahrq.gov).

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