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Lofland, Jennifer

Institution: Thomas Jefferson University
Grant Title: Patient-Focused Outcomes: Quality of Life and Lost Productivity
Grant Number:  K08 HS000005
Duration: 4 years (2001-2005)
Total Award: $351,108

Project Description: This project measured and evaluated patient-focused outcomes; health-related quality of lie and lost workplace and non-workplace productivity.  The research objectives were to:

  1. Validate a patient-focused primary headache questionnaire.
  2. Determine methodologies for valuing lost productivity.
  3. Determine patient outcomes using the validated questionnaire Develop a predictive model to determine the variables associated with decreased health-related quality of life and increased lost productivity for patients with primary headache.
  4. Develop a proposal for a healthcare program to improve patients' health-related quality of life and decrease lost productivity.

Career Goals: Dr. Lofland is a project Director and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University. She received her PharmD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and did her Pharmacy residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She went on to earn her MPH and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lofland continues to do research in the area of patient focused outcomes.

Progress to Date: This grant has been completed and highlights of the research findings are listed below under Publications.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Project Director, Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes, Thomas Jefferson University.

K-Generated Publications (selected):

Lofland JH, Frick KD. Publicly available U.S. national surveys that capture lost productivity.  Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research   2002. 2(5):485-94.

Lofland JH, Lakhia PK.  Migraine prophylaxis in managed care organizations:  What is its role in managing costs and improving patient outcomes for disease management?  Disease Management and Health Outcomes 2002. 10(8):489-94.

Lofland JH, Pizzi L, May R, Frick K.  A review of health-related workplace productivity loss instruments.  Pharmacoeconomics 2004. 22(3);165-84.

Chatterton ML, Lofland JH, Schechter A, et al. Reliability and validity of the migraine therapy assessment questionnaire (MTAG). Headache 2002. 41(10):1006-18.

Loeppke R, Hymel PA, Lofland JH, et al. Health-related workplace productivity measurement: General and migraine-specific recommendations from ACOEM expert panel. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2003. 45(4).

Wenzel R, Dortch M, Cady R, Lofland JH, Diamond S. Migraine headaches misconeptions: Barriers to effective care.  Pharmacotherapy 2004. 24(5);638-48.

Lofland JH, Nash DB. Oral serotonin receptor agonists: A review of their cost effectiveness in migraine.  Pharmacoeconomics 2005. 23(3):259-74.

Lofland JH, Frick K. Effect of health insurance on workplace absenteeism in the U.S. workforce. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2006. 48(1):13-21.

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