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Faculty member Ashish, Jha, MD, is author and lead researcher on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that takes a “careful and more comprehensive” look at the U.S. healthcare system. Learn about the somewhat surprising results of the study in this piece in The New York Times.

Hospitalized patients treated by female doctors found to have lower mortality and readmission rates

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Ashish Jha, MD, is an author on a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine that has found differences in patient outcomes in those treated by female versus male physicians. Learn more about the study in these news items: U.S News & World Report, Vox, and in this press release by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study also received attention in this…

How do we improve patient safety in the U.S. health care system?

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Asish Jha, MD, has co-authored a JAMA Viewpoint in which the authors reflect on improvements made over the last 15 years (since the landmark report To Err is Human) and suggest that with better data, valid metrics, greater transparency, and better systems in place, health care can become even safer for patients.

Pop Center faculty share insights into U.S. health inequalities in Harvard Gazette’s series on inequality

Pop Center faculty members Amitabh Chandra, PhD, Ashish Jha, MD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, Joshua Salomon, PhD, SV Subramanian, PhD, and David Williams, PhD, are among the Harvard scholars cited on health inequalities in this Harvard Gazette article, the fourth in a series on what Harvard scholars are doing to address inequality in the United States. The piece was covered in this issue of U.S. News and World Report.

Ashish Jha JAMA commentary on new program focused on social determinants of health

In this JAMA Forum. Ashish Jha, MD, a Harvard Center for Population and Development faculty member, expresses praise – and some words of caution – regarding a new government program dedicated to exploring the social determinants of health. The demonstration project, Accountable Health Communities (AHCs), will assess whether addressing health-related social needs among Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries can reduce health care costs at the community level.