Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
B.S., University of Bombay
M.S., University of Toledo
Ph.D., Purdue University
Research: Pharmacy Administration
My interests are in the broad area of patient-centered outcomes and factors that enhance or diminish them. They are classified into the following broad areas.
Health-related quality of life (HRQOL)—I am interested in evaluating the impact of interventions, diseases or medications on patient health-related quality of life. My past research in the field of HRQOL has involved comparing three well validated instruments—one generic and two COPD-specific using health-care utilization data among a sample of COPD patients.
Another closely related area that interests me involves identifying ways to enhance and apply HRQOL instruments in routine patient care.
Patient Compliance: Compliance with medication therapy has long been an important issue in enhancing patient outcomes. I am interested in various aspects of patient compliance with medication therapy and how that impacts patient outcomes.
Patient safety: The field of patient safety has gained considerable prominence since the release of the IOM report on medical errors. My previous work in this area examining medication errors and the extent of reporting of such errors has fueled my interest in this field, particularly in finding ways to minimize/eliminate it.
Health Literacy: I am interested in health literacy and how that impacts patient outcomes, patient adherence with treatment, and patient safety.
1. Desikan R, Dunagan WC, Bailey TC, Fraser VF (2005). Reporting of adverse drug events: Examination of a Hospital Incident Reporting system. AHRQ publication. Advances in patient safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol 1: 145-160.
2. 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): 41-49.
3. 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 11: 739-751.
4. 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.