Dr. Sarah L. Cutrona, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the
Division of General Medicine and Primary Care and the Meyers Primary Care Institute. Dr.
Cutrona’s research explores the impact of social networks on health and preventive
behavior. She is currently funded through a Clinical and Translational Sciences Award
(CTSA) K12 grant to examine the ways in which an individual’s decisions about colorectal
cancer screening can impact the screening behavior of friends and family members. Dr.
Cutrona’s work on adherent behaviors has included studies of electronic and nonelectronic
interventions to improve adherence to cardiovascular and diabetic medications. 

In addition, Dr. Cutrona is involved in the FDA’s Mini-Sentinel project, developing
approaches to validating health outcomes including acute myocardial infarction and
anaphylaxis. 

Dr. Cutrona’s previous work includes publications examining national characteristics of
free prescription drug sample recipients. Dr. Cutrona was the first to describe free
sample recipients on a national level. She found that free samples are distributed less
frequently to poor and uninsured populations and identified safety concerns related to
free samples. Her work received attention from the national media and from policy-makers. 

Dr. Cutrona is board certified in Internal Medicine and received a Masters of Public
Health. 

Articles

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Medication adherence among pediatric patients with sickle cell disease: a systematic review (with Kathleen E. Walsh, Patricia L. Kavanagh, Lori E. Crosby, Christopher Malone, Katie Lobner, and David G. Bundy), Pediatrics (2014)
 

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Statin discontinuation in nursing home residents with advanced dementia (with Jennifer Tjia, Daniel Peterson, George W. Reed, Susan E. Andrade, and Susan L. Mitchell), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2014)
 

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Health Information-Seeking on Behalf of Others: Characteristics of "Surrogate Seekers" (with Kathleen M. Mazor, Sana N. Vieux, Tana M. Luger, Julie E. Volkman, and Lila J. Rutten), Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education (2014)
 

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An electronic health record-based intervention to increase follow-up office visits and decrease rehospitalization in older adults (with Jerry H. Gurwitz, Terry S. Field, Jessica Ogarek, Jennifer Tjia, Leslie R. Harrold, Shawn J. Gagne, Peggy Preusse, Jennifer L. Donovan, Abir O. Kanaan, George W. Reed, and Lawrence D. Garber), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2014)
 

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Systematic review of the use of online questionnaires of older adults (with Meegan L. Remillard, Kathleen M. Mazor, Jerry H. Gurwitz, and Jennifer Tjia), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2014)
 

Contributions to Books

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Eating and Nutrition (with Neal S. LeLeiko), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (2009)
 

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Infant Feeding (with Neal S. LeLeiko), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (2009)
 

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Malnutrition (with Neal S. LeLeiko), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (2009)
 

Presentations and Posters

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UMass PCORI mammography ages 40-49 decision aid [English] (with Barry G. Saver, Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Nancy Esparza, Marcela Hayes, Tatyana Gorodetsky, Kathleen M. Mazor, Joanne Calista, and Roger S. Luckmann) (2015)
 

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UMass PCORI PSA decision aid [English] (with Barry G. Saver, Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Nancy Esparza, Marcela Hayes, Tatyana Gorodetsky, Kathleen M. Mazor, Joanne Calista, and Roger S. Luckmann) (2015)
 

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Networks Fighting Nicotine: Will Visitors to a Tobacco Cessation Website Engage in an Online Support Community? (with Rajani S. Sadasivam, Kathryn Delaughter, Gregg H. Gilbert, Midge N. Ray, and Thomas K. Houston), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2014)
 

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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, Jennifer Tjia, 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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Health Information Seeking on Behalf of Others: Characteristics of ‘Surrogate Seekers’ (with Kathleen M. Mazor, Sana Naveed, Tama M. Luger, Julie E. Volkman, and Lila J. Rutten), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)
 

Other

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2010 K12 Awardees: Overview of Research Projects (with Heena P. Santry), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Seminar Series (2014)