Julie A Sochalski, PhD, FAAN, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 328 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-3147
Dr. Sochalski received her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, focusing on Health Economics, Public Policy and Public Health nursing.
Dr. Sochalski has directed a series of national and international studies funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other private and government foundations focused on the variation in patient outcomes in both in-patient and out-inpatient settings and the factors associated with nursing care that help to explain that variation. She has been the principal investigator on two NIH-funded studies evaluating the impact of a nurse-managed comprehensive geriatric outpatient rehabilitation program on the outcomes of frail elders. These studies involved the creation and use of statistically-matched control groups from national longitudinal Medicare databases to assess program outcomes and systematically explored the role of race in the variation of outcomes.
Dr. Sochalski is currently collaborating with Dr. Mary Naylor on a study of health-related quality of life in long-term care settings and the contribution of nurse staffing and the quality of care to variation in quality of life (QOL) outcomes. She is a national expert on the healthcare workforce and has served as a Senior Scholar with the Bureau of Health Professions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, advising on research and policy issues regarding the nursing and medical workforce, particularly on the current national nursing shortage. She has published in interdisciplinary health policy and health services research journals on the conceptual and empirical foundations for the relationship between the structure and the quality of care and patient outcomes, and on domestic and international trends in the healthcare workforce and their implications for public policy.
Currently Funded Grants
Center for Integrative Science in Aging
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