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Senior Research Associate

jgaudet@brandeis.edu  •  Irving Schneider and Family Building (Heller School)  • 225  •  781-736-8479


Healthcare research; Nursing home quality; Healthcare disparities; Healthcare for vulnerable populations


  • DesRoches, C., Gaudet, J., Perloff, J., Donelan, K., Iezzoni, L., Buerhaus, P.. "Using Medicare Data to Assess Nurse Practitioner Provided Care." Nursing Outlook 61. 6 (2014): 400-7.
  • Singer S, Kitch BT, Rao S, Bonner A, Bates D, Gaudet J, Field T, Gurwitz J, Keohane C, Campbell E. "An Exploration of Safety Climate in Nursing Homes." Journal of Patient Safety 8. 3 (2012): 104-124.
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Jennifer Gaudet Hefele, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Health Policy, where she received her PhD in Health Policy. Her research interests are in healthcare quality improvement and measurement, particularly in the context of care for vulnerable populations, including long term care and care for elders. Ms. Hefele recently received an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality R21 grant to help improve the science of public reporting. This study will identify differences in information needs and preferences across racial/ethnic groups and will test the viability of stratifying nursing home quality indicators by race/ethnicity. This work builds off her dissertation, which assessed patterns of performance change after the implementation of a national quality improvement initiative. This research, which was funded in part by a grant from the AHRQ, used random effects modeling to examine the impact that the public release of nursing home quality information had on nursing home quality improvement, and whether changes in performance varied by organizational characteristics and context. She often works with large healthcare claims databases, as well as data collected as part of quality improvement interventions, in answering questions about variations in the cost and quality of care and measuring quality. She has worked on projects related to the healthcare workforce, hospitalization and readmissions, safety culture and medical error prevention, labor and delivery outcomes, and the medical home. Through these experiences, she has gained expertise in quality measurement and reporting, study design, statistical programming, and econometric analysis, with a focus on hierarchical and random effects models.



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