Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Medicine's Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical
School, with a secondary appointment in the Clinical and Population Health Research
Program, and a board-certified geriatrician. She is also a faculty member at the Meyers
Primary Care Institute. Dr. Tjia's research focuses on medication use and drug
safety in the elderly, specifically focusing on patient-centered prescribing and quality
of life outcomes in advanced illness. Older adults use a disproportionate number of
prescription medications and are at increased risk of drug-related injury. Recognizing
that the burden of unnecessary medication use in this population has not been well
studied, the goal of Dr. Tjia's research is to understand the effect of unnecessary
medication use on quality of life, and to develop a patient-centered intervention to
identify and manage these medications. 

Articles

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Knowledge of and perceived need for evidence-based education about antipsychotic medications among nursing home leadership and staff (with Celeste A. Lemay, Kathleen M. Mazor, Terry S. Field, Jennifer L. Donovan, Abir O. Kanaan, Becky A. Briesacher, Sarah Foy, Leslie R. Harrold, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (2013)
 

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Adverse drug events after hospital discharge in older adults: types, severity, and involvement of Beers Criteria Medications (with Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, Nerissa P. Duchin, Terry S. Field, Sarah L. Cutrona, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Peggy Preusse, Leslie R. Harrold, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2013)
 

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Studies to reduce unnecessary medication use in frail older adults: a systematic review (with Sarah J. Velten, Carole Parsons, Sruthi Valluri, and Becky A. Briesacher), Drugs and aging (2013)
 

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Antipsychotic use among nursing home residents (with Becky A. Briesacher, Terry S. Field, Daniel J. Peterson, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association (2013)
 

Posters and Presentations

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Adverse Drug Events Post-Hospital Discharge in Older Patients: Types, Severity, and Involvement of Beers Criteria Medications (with Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, Nerissa P. Duchin, Terry S. Field, Sarah L. Cutrona, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Peggy Preusse, Leslie R. Harrold, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Dissemination of Evidence-based Atypical Antipsychotic Information to Nursing Homes (with Celeste A. Lemay, Kathleen M. Mazor, Terry S. Field, Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Intervention to Reduce Adverse Outcomes among Older Adults Discharged from Skilled Nursing Facilities to Home (with Terry S. Field, Jessica Ogarek, Abir O. Kanaan, Jennifer L. Donovan, Peggy Preusse, Devi Sundaresan, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Sarah L. Cutrona, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Reducing Rehospitalizations through Automated Alerts to Primary Care Providers and Staff When Older Patients are Discharged from the Hospital: A Randomized Trial (with Jerry H. Gurwitz, Terry S. Field, Jessica Ogarek, Sarah L. Cutrona, Leslie R. Harrold, Jennifer L. Donovan, Abir O. Kanaan, Shawn J. Gagne, Peggy Preusse, and Lawrence D. Garber), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

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Statin Discontinuation among Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia (with Sarah L. Cutrona, Daniel J. Peterson, and Becky A. Briesacher), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)