Investigator in Health Services, Policy and Practice

Overview

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) White, APRN, PhD is an Investigator in the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at the Brown University School of Public Health.  Her research agenda broadly focuses on understanding how frail medically-complex older adults receive healthcare services, with a particular emphasis on the nursing and primary care workforces in long-term care. Under the mentorship of Dr. Vincent Mor and Dr. Momotazur Rahman, she has studied trends and outcomes related to the primary care workforce in nursing homes, and explored variation in the type and setting of care for people with dementia. Dr. White is a co-investigator on recently-funded projects to evaluate the impact of Medicare’s new payment model for nursing homes on care quality and costs; to explore the role of advanced practice clinicians in end of life care for individuals with dementia; and to track COVID-19 infections in nursing homes and identify best practices for infection control and treatment in this setting. Dr. White trained in health services research with a focus on the nursing workforce at the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Drs. Linda Aiken and Matthew McHugh. Her dissertation explored the relationships between nursing home work environment, nurse burnout and job satisfaction, missed nursing care, and quality outcomes. In addition to her research, Dr. White is a board-certified adult geriatric primary care nurse practitioner with over seventeen years of clinical experience in long-term care, primary care, and hospitals.  She currently practices as a nurse practitioner at the PACE Organization of Rhode Island.

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