Jack A. Clark, PhD
|Institution||Boston University School of Public Health|
|Department||Health Policy & Management|
|Address||715 Albany St Talbot Building|
Boston MA 02118
|Institution||Boston University School of Medicine|
|Institution||Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp|
|Institution||Boston Medical Center|
Jack A. Clark, PhD, is a medical sociologist who conducts research in how people live with chronic diseases, use health services, communicate with physicians, reach treatment decisions, and perceive the outcomes of health care. He is presently leading a study of patients' decisions to persevere or withdraw from antiviral treatment for hepatitis C, focused on patients' perceptions of the challenges they face in long, usually arduous courses of treatment, their interactions with clinicians and the social contexts of their lives. He is also collaborating in several studies of patient navigation programs designed to facilitate access to cancer care and reduce social and economic disparities, and studies of the interaction and outcomes of recovery-oriented mental health groups and the work of peer mental health counselors. He currently mentors VA and BU medical faculty members in their research on clinical communication affecting HPV vaccination decisions and shared decision making in the management of incidental pulmonary nodules. He has long been involved in research in cancer care. His research has helped to define patient centered, psychosocial outcomes of treatment decisions for prostate cancer. More recently he has collaborated on investigations of access to follow up care for women who participate in breast or cervical cancer screening, and the role of patient navigation in facilitating access. He has developed patient-based measures to monitor changes in bodily function, the psychosocial effects of bodily dysfunction, and quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer. His studies typically seek to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods. Previous research has included studies of men's narrative accounts of their experiences with diagnoses, reaching difficult treatment decisions, and living with the outcomes of their decisions in dealing with prostate cancer. He currently teaches two courses. PM 826 addresses patients' illness perceptions, use of health services, communication with clinicians, and outcomes of care as they relate to social class, gender, and culture. PM 814 is an introduction to health services and contemporary theoretical and empirical issues in health services research. Since its founding in 1990, he has been a member of the research faculty of the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, a VA HSR&D Center of Excellence at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.
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