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Multimorbidity and Health Outcomes: Using a Data-driven Approach to Gain New Insights
March 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
In outcomes research, we often equate multimorbidity with multiple chronic conditions, thus ignoring functional, cognitive, and sensory impairment, as well as a number of other geriatric syndromes that are highly prevalent in older adults. In addition, we tend to account for one condition at a time, when many of these conditions are closely inter-related and present in clusters. Using a data-driven approach, we have identified combinations of conditions that are associated with health outcomes and health care use. The results have revealed associations that may be different from what we may have hypothesized.
Siran M. Koroukian, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, is a health services researcher with interest in outcomes and disparities research using population-health databases, including Medicare, Medicaid, cancer registry data, and Health and Retirement Study. Her studies focus on cancer and aging, and cancer related disparities in vulnerable populations, including Medicaid beneficiaries with mental illness. More recently, and with grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), her research efforts have focused on multimorbidity in older adults, including among those with cognitive impairment.