Rajesh Balkrishnan is a tenured Associate Professor at the Departments of Clinical, Social, and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich, USA. There are two components to his research. His core research program entitled The Pharmacoepidemiology of Health Disparities is the intersection of health informatics and applied statistical methodology in pharmaceutical health services research focused on health disparities. For the past 15 years, Dr. Balkrishnan has designed and analyzed large population-based databases to understand chronic medication-use behaviors longitudinally. He has built several databases combining patient outcomes and clinical information with patient health care service utilization, particularly focusing on medication adherence and persistence behaviors. He uses risk-adjusted models of patients' medication use and applies them in a variety of pharmacoepidemiology and outcomes research studies. The second and emerging area of research for Balkrishnan is the design and analysis of studies of medication use and preventive health services occurring globally, and expanding database capabilities for working with large, population-based studies in the developing world. Because of this aspect, Dr. Balkrishnan is now working to refocus some of his research efforts more towards evaluative studies of comparative and noncomparative health systems in a global context.
Biography Updated on 15 June 2012