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Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Projects

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Pigs and Parasites: Developing Interventions to End Cycles of Poverty Caused by Taenia solium and Neurocysticercosis

Neurocysticercosis is a neglected infectious disease caused by larval forms of the pig tapeworm, Taenia solium, infecting people's brains.
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Reducing lead exposure among residents of Bangladesh

Lead is a potent neurotoxin that irreversibly impairs child cognitive development.
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Children in Crisis

Improving the Provision of Human Services in Areas of Conflict, Political Instability and Weak Governance
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Guatemala Rural Child Health and Nutrition Program

The primary goal of the Guatemala Rural Child Health and Nutrition Program is to use the capacities of Stanford University to save young children’s lives in Guatemala and other areas of the world...
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Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging

Visit the CDEHA website at https://cdeha.stanford.edu
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Adapting the Future Elderly Model to Japan

This project adapts the Future Elderly Model (FEM), a demographic and economic Markov microsimulation model that projects the health conditions and functional status of an elderly population, to...
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Empirical Evidence on Wealth Inequalities and Health in Developing Countries

This study aims to assess the extent to which wealth accurately proxies health status in low- and middle-income countries.
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Development of Quality Indicators for the Home and Community-Based Services Population

The  Quality Indicators (QIs) for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Population are intended to reflect the health and well-being of beneficiaries receiving HCBS through state Medicaid...
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Characterization of Readmission in California

This project aimed to further the understanding of readmission patterns in California including their relationship with hospital quality indicators.  It also evaluated hospital performance using...
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Measurement and Reporting with All-Payer Claims Databases

Transparency is becoming increasingly important in the health care system.
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AHRQ Quality Indicators Enhancement

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) are a set of four indicator modules that use hospital discharge data to reflect quality of care and access to care....
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Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention (CPOP)

The Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention (CPOP) was established in 2004 as a core program of the Department of Pediatrics to provide a strong foundation for the development of a nationally...
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Stanford India Health Policy Initiative

The Stanford India Health Policy Initiative aims to identify institutional and behavioral obstacles that prevent health policies and programs from reaching their full potential.
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Hospital Response to Attention and Financial Incentives for Preventing Readmissions

There has been much policy focus on reducing readmissions, however it is unclear what the hospital response to this will be.
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Prenatal Care and Labor Outcomes

We use quasi-random variation in the time of birth to examine whether it matters if a patient’s prenatal physician performs her delivery.
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Physician Response to Productivity Incentives

There has been much policy debate about paying physicians by salary or compensating them for the work that they do.
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Smart Agents to Reduce the Parent Health Literacy Burden in the Care of the Children with Medical Complexity

(Partner:  Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Science) This inter-disciplinary project addresses two formidable health care realities: the growing number of patients with chronic...
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Efforts to clean air and improve health by modifying brick manufacturing in Bangladesh

Bricks, an essential building material in Bangladesh, are overwhelmingly manufactured in small kilns that produce low-priced bricks but generate substantial air pollution, which adversely affects...
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Reducing the risk of Nipah virus transmission in Bangladesh

Nipah virus commonly infects large fruit bats in South and Southeast Asia.
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Consortium for Health Care Informatics Research (CHIR): Translational Use Case Project Natural Language Processing of Chest Radiograph Reports

The Consortium for Healthcare Informatics Research (CHIR) is a multisite project funded by Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D).
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Automated performance metrics for quality improvement in complex chronic disease

As the population of older adults in the US increases, there is a growing need for performance measurement systems that take multiple comorbid conditions into account.
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Striving for good feelings or averting bad ones

Previous research suggests that the emotions people value (“ideal affect”) can help explain cultural differences in health care preferences.  For example, those valuing excitement tend to prefer...
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Supporting decision making for sustainable weight loss

This project explores fundamental questions about habit formation and the role of nudges and other behavioral economic devices.
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People

Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Henry T. Greely Professor, Law
Julie Parsonnet Professor, Medicine, Professor, Health Research and Policy
Marcus W. Feldman Professor, Biology
Paul Yock Professor, Medicine, Professor, Bioengineering
Eric Sun Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology