Janet Bettger, ScD, FAHA
I am an Associate Professor and health services researcher with Duke University, a fellow of the American Heart Association and Duke Center on Aging, and faculty affiliate with Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. My affiliations reflect my value and preference for diverse, multidisciplinary research teams. My research is dedicated to improving the patient-centeredness of health care, establishing real world evidence, and improving uptake of evidence-based solutions for health. I have a particular focus on older adults with chronic conditions and those at risk for functional decline. Currently I am the principal investigator for the VERITAS Trial to examine the cost and clinical effectiveness of a virtual care management strategy and am also PI for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) study to examine the comparative effectiveness of post-acute stroke rehabilitation services. In addition to a substantial amount of research examining care models to improve the transition home from the hospital (VERITAS, COMPASS, RECOVER, Sixth Vital Sign), I also study implementation of community-based models of care that can prevent functional decline (e.g., IMPAC, Gerofit, SINEMA, Sickle Cell, Adult Hearing Healthcare). Soon after beginning in my role as the Director of Health Policy and Implementation Research with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, I launched the Global Alliance Alliance for Disability and Health Innovation (GANDHI) to facilitate student, faculty, and stakeholder engagement in interdisciplinary projects that address health promotion and recovery after an acute hospitalization. Advocating for improved care coordination after an acute event and integration of health and community services to support health promotion and self-management of risk and disease are important areas of work for me.