Clinical Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Dr. Shield is a cultural/medical anthropologist whose qualitative and mixed methods research has focused on health care for the elderly; end-of-life care, culture change nursing homes; electronic health records; health information exchange; medical school curriculum development and evaluation; work, retirement and well-being among elderly diamond traders; ethical decision-making and rites of passage and reciprocity in long term care. Dr. Shield formerly served as the Director of Research and Education at the Jewish Home for the Aged in Rhode Island and the Director of Education at Aging 2000.

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