Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
BS, University of Bombay
MS, University of Toledo
PhD, Purdue University
My research interests can be broadly described as studying factors that may prevent patients from having the best possible outcomes of therapy. Among the myriad factors that may contribute to poor patient outcomes, I have been involved with research in the areas of health literacy, health-related quality of life and medication errors.
Health Literacy: My current research interests focus in the area of health literacy. Health Literacy refers to patients’ ability to read, understand and act on their understanding of information provided to them by health care practitioners. I have worked on research projects examining health literacy in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), as well as studying pharmacists’ understanding of health literacy. I am interested in developing interventions to help patients with low health literacy, as well as studying the role of pharmacists in enhancing health literacy. This may be via tailored interventions directed towards pharmacists in their routine practice and studying the impact of such interventions. I am also interested in demonstrating the effect of health literacy on significant outcomes of care. Further, I am interested in developing innovative teaching methods to enhance knowledge and awareness about health literacy among current pharmacy students.
Health-related quality of life: I have previously been involved in research examining the relationship between health-related quality of life (HRQOL) as a patient outcome, and its relationship with health care resource utilization in patients with COPD. I continue to have an interest in evaluating the impact of interventions, diseases or medications on patients’ health-related quality of life.
Medication errors: The field of patient safety has matured considerably over the past decade. I have worked in the area of medication errors studying a hospital database for the extent of reporting of medication errors.
Medication Adherence: Recently, I have developed an interest in medication adherence and the role of pharmacists in enhancing medication adherence.
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
Devraj R and Gupchup GV. Knowledge and Barriers of Illinois pharmacist towards
Health Literacy. JAPhA (Accepted)
Devraj R and Wallace LS. Application of Content Expert Process to develop a
clinically useful low-literacy chronic kidney disease self-management tool (CKD-SMKT).
Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) (In press).
Devraj R, Gupchup GV (2011). Identifying Aspects of Pharmacists’ Attitudes and Barriers
toward Health Literacy: A Factor Analytic Study. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 45:771-9.
Devraj R, Butler LM, Gupchup GV, Poirier TI (2010). Active Learning Strategies to
Develop Health Literacy Knowledge and Skills. Am J Pharm Educ 74(8):137-145.
Devraj R, Gordon EJ. Health Literacy and Kidney Disease: Toward a New Line of
Research. (2009) Am J Kidney Dis 53(5): 884-889.
Poirier TI, Butler L, Devraj R, Gupchup G, Santanello C, Lynch JC (2009). A
Cultural Competency Course for Pharmacy Students. Am J Pharm Educ 73(5):81- 87.
Desikan R, Dunagan WC, Bailey TC, Fraser VF. (Feb 2005) Reporting of adverse drug
events: Examination of a Hospital Incident Reporting system. Advances in patient safety:
From Research to Implementation Vol. 1; AHRQ Publication No’s: 050021 (Vol 1-4): 145-
160; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
Burroughs TE, Desikan R, Waterman BM, Gilin D, McGill J (2004). Development and
Validation of the Diabetes Quality of Life Brief Clinical Inventory. Diabetes Spectrum 17(1):
Desikan R, Mason HL, Rupp MT, Skehan M (2002). Health-related quality of life and
health care resource utilization: A comparison of three instruments. Quality of Life Research
Burroughs TE, Waterman BM, Cira JC, Desikan R, Dunagan WC. (2001). Patient
Satisfaction Measurement Strategies: A comparison of phone and mail methods. The Joint
Commission Journal on Quality Improvement, 27:7:349-361.
AACP New Investigator grant 2008-2009
SIUE STEP grant: 2011-2012