Professor, Medicine, General Medicine Division; Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. David W. Baker is the Michael A. Gertz Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and Director of the REACH Practice Based Research Network at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Dr. Baker’s research has focused on health care delivery for underserved populations and improving quality of care for chronic medical conditions. He was one of the Principal Investigators for the Literacy in Health Care Study, the first major study examining the prevalence of functional health literacy. He was one of the developers of the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults, and he has published extensively on the measurement of health literacy and the consequences of inadequate health literacy. His current work focuses on developing multimedia interventions to improve health communication and to improve patient self-management skills and health behaviors. He has also led studies examining many aspects of quality, including whether hospital mortality “report cards” lead to changes in market share for hospitals and improvements in outcomes, the effect of disease management programs for patients with heart failure, and an evaluation of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Improving Chronic Illness Care Collaborative. His current work is examining quality measurement and quality improvement using electronic health record systems, including preventive services and care for patients with chronic diseases. He is the Principal Investigator for the Center for Advancing Equity in Clinical Preventive Services, an AHRQ-funded Center of Excellence.