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Joan M. Griffin, Ph.D., studies social and behavioral determinants of health, especially as they affect women, family caregivers and underserved populations. Her work includes both qualitative and quantitative research to promote health care practices that can improve patient and family health and quality of life. Dr. Griffin also directs a research program that aims to develop, test and share transformative strategies that can optimize patient experiences and outcomes by improving how health care is delivered.
With an aging U.S. population, families are now expected to undertake responsibilities and health care tasks for the chronically ill or disabled that historically have been done by health care professionals in clinics and hospitals. Dr. Griffin's research examines strategies to train and support families to provide high-quality care without compromising caregiver health, and to integrate families and caregivers into patient care teams to improve the overall coordination and quality of care.
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