Staying HealthY with Chronic Diseases
“In my internal medicine training here at UCSF, I was struck by how much of my hospitalized patients’ disability could have been prevented,” says Dr. Sarkar. This observation led to our focus on empowering patients and health care teams to manage chronic conditions to prevent disability and death. We have worked on many chronic diseases and high-risk states, ranging from diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to cancer survivorship. We believe that supporting patients and families, across diverse backgrounds, to manage their health at home in between visits is critical to improving health for those with chronic diseases.
Dr. Sarkar’s research identifies strategies for health care organizations to address the needs of patients, including those with limited health literacy, who manage chronic conditions. She spoke about these approaches at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in July 2019.
Tieu L, Sarkar U, Schillinger D, Ralston JD, Ratanawongsa N, Pasick R, Lyles CR. Barriers and Facilitators to Online Portal Use Among Patients and Caregivers in a Safety Net Health Care System: A Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Dec 3;17(12):e275. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4847.
Sarkar U, Handley MA, Gupta R, Tang A, Murphy E, Seligman HK, Shojania KG, Schillinger D. What happens between visits? Adverse and potential adverse events among a low-income, urban, ambulatory population with diabetes. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010 Jun;19(3):223-8. doi: 10.1136/qshc.2008.029116. Epub 2010 Apr 8.
Sarkar U, Karter AJ, Liu JY, Adler NE, Nguyen R, Lopez A, Schillinger D. The literacy divide: health literacy and the use of an internet-based patient portal in an integrated health system-results from the diabetes study of northern California (DISTANCE). Journal of health communication. 2010;15 Suppl 2:183-96. Epub 2010/09/29. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2010.499988.
Sarkar U, Piette JD, Gonzales R, Lessler D, Chew LD, Reilly B, Johnson J, Brunt M, Huang J, Regenstein M, Schillinger D. Preferences for self-management support: findings from a survey of diabetes patients in safety-net health systems. Patient education and counseling. 2008;70(1):102-10. Epub 2007/11/13. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2007.09.008.