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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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)
 

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Adult Willingness to Use Email and Social Media for Peer-to-Peer Cancer Screening Communication: Quantitative Interview Study (with Douglas W. Roblin, Joann L. Wagner, Bridget Gaglio, Andrew E. Williams, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Terry S. Field, and Kathleen M. Mazor), JMIR research protocols (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, Jennifer Tjia, Shawn J. Gagne, Lawrence D. Garber, Peggy Preusse, Leslie R. Harrold, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2013)
 

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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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)
 

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Health Literacy and Cancer Prevention: It’s Not What You Say It’s What They Hear (with Kathleen M. Mazor, Douglas W. Roblin, Andrew E. Williams, Paul J. K. Han, Mary E. Costanza, Terry S. Field, Bridget Gaglio, Joann L. Wagner, Brandi E. Robinson, and Vinutha Vijayadeva), 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, Jennifer Tjia, and Jerry H. Gurwitz), UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat (2013)