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Betty Chewning, PhD

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Dr. Chewning's research, teaching and publications address patient perspectives and comparative effectiveness outcomes. She seeks to improve patient and health care provider communication and patient/ public health outcomes. She has long  engaged diverse stakeholders (patients, inner city adolescents, tribal communities) in her randomized controlled trials of interventions to enhance patient and public health outcomes. As study principal investigator she has received over $5.4 million for her studies and as a co-investigator collaborated on other studies awarded over $4.5 million. She also studies expanded pharmacist roles with respect to patient education and public health agendas.

Dr. Chewning conducts multi-site longitudinal, descriptive and intervention studies to identify how to improve patients' management of their conditions/health. Her most recent NIH randomized controlled trial studied the impact of a pre-visit computerized assessment of patient visit agendas on encounters and the health outcome of reduced pain six months later. In a recent demonstration project, she tested a two module workshop to increase older adults' self-efficacy and skills to discuss medication questions with health care providers. She is currently studying the potential of a computerized assessment of adolescents' agendas to establish pediatric visit agendas.

Sonderegger Research Center

With support of the NIH ICTR-CAP, Dr. Chewning and others in the Sonderegger Research Center established the Pharmacy Practice Enhancement and Action Research Link (PEARL Rx), an ongoing collaborative partnership with over 130 pharmacists in Wisconsin.

With her graduate students, Dr. Chewning has worked with pharmacists to implement and evaluate pharmacy based interventions. She and her students have also studied a range of issues related to disparities in care, transitions in care and medication reconciliation.

Awards

She and her graduate students have received numerous awards for their research.  Chewning's doctoral students Joanne Peters and Karishma Desai received the 2015 International Conference on Communication in Health Care award for best research abstract. In 2015, along with co-authors and former graduate students Pallavi Patwardhand, PhD and Mohamad Amin, PhD, she received the Best Paper Award of 2014 published in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. In 2011, along with former student Beth Martin she received the Wiederholt Award for best research paper published in JAPhA (coauthored with Beth Martin, PhD and Ruth Bruskewitz, PhD). Her students have received annual awards for best APhA ESAS post-graduate papers in 2010, 2005, and 2003. 

In addition to her teaching roles, she is the member of several university and School of Pharmacy committees.  She is a founding member of the NIH funded ICTR Community Academic Partnership steering committee. She is a member of the School of Pharmacy Curriculum Committee, Research Committee, Interprofessional Education Committee and of several junior faculty mentoring committees.

Background:

Dr. Chewning (Professor) completed her PhD in Educational Psychology and a post-doctoral program in Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. She is a fellow in the APhA APRS and has served on several NIH and CDC study section review committees. She has served on Institute of Medicine committees evaluating Title X and family planning needs in the country. She is past chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Social Administrative Sciences Division. Dr. Chewning also serves on the steering committee for the NIH funded ICTR-CAP.

Dr. Chewning's research, teaching and publications address the patient perspective and comparative effectiveness to improve patient and health care provider communication and impact on patient  outcomes. She has long  engaged diverse stakeholders (patients, inner city adolescents, tribal communities) in her randomized controlled trials of interventions to enhance patient and public health outcomes. She has received over $5.4 million for her studies as a principal investigator and collaborated as a co-investigator on other studies awarded over $4.5 million. She also studies expanded pharmacist roles with respect to public health agendas and other community based interventions.

Dr. Chewning conducts multi-site longitudinal, descriptive and intervention studies to identify how to improve patients' management of their conditions/health. Her most recent NIH randomized controlled trial studied the impact of a pre-visit computerized assessment of patient visit agendas on encounters and the health outcome of reduced pain six months later. In a recent demonstration project, she tested a two module workshop to increase older adults' self-efficacy and skills to discuss medication questions with health care providers. She is currently studying the potential of a computerized assessment of adolescents' agendas to establish pediatric visit agendas.

She directed the development of a HIPPA/IRB compliant repository which will house shared health encounter tapes for use by researchers nationally.

With support of the NIH ICTR-CAP, Dr. Chewning and others in the Sonderegger Research Center established the Pharmacy Practice Enhancement and Action Research Link (PEARL Rx), an ongoing collaborative partnership with over 115 pharmacists in Wisconsin. With her graduate students, Dr. Chewning has worked with pharmacists to implement and evaluate pharmacy based interventions. She and her students have also studied a range of issues related to disparities in care, transitions in care and medication reconciliation.

Awards

She and her graduate students have received numerous awards for their research.  Chewning's doctoral students Joanne Peters and Karishma Desai received the 2015 International Conference on Communication in Health Care award for best research abstract. In 2015, along with co-authors and former graduate students Pallavi Patwardhand, PhD and Mohamad Amin, PhD, she received the Best Paper Award of 2014 published in the journal Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. In 2011, along with former student Beth Martin she received the Wiederholt Award for best research paper published in JAPhA (coauthored with Beth Martin, PhD and Ruth Bruskewitz, PhD). Her students have received annual awards for best APhA ESAS post-graduate papers in 2010, 2005, and 2003.  

Chewning teaches in the required Pharm.D. course, Pharmacist Communication: Educational Behavioral Interventions, as well as leading a graduate seminar on social and behavioral theory.

Professional Interests: Identifying client needs for health information and support and identifying interventions to promote improved health outcomes.

Education:

BA 1968 - University of Chicago
PhD 1973 Educational Psychology - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Postdoctoral 1974 Industrial Engineering - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Highlighted Publications:
  • Amin MEK, Qudah BA, Kaur A, Rawy M, Chewning B. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning2021, 13 (12), 1607-10.
  • Planalp EM, Kliems MA, Chewning BA, PaltaM, LeCaire TJ, Young LA, Cox ED. Development and validation of the self-management barriers and supports evaluation for working-age adults with type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. BMJ Open Diabetes Research Care.2021/6/1. In press.
  • QudahB, Thakur T, Chewning B. Factors influencing patient participation in medication counseling at the community pharmacy: A systematic review. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2021. Mar 16;doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.03.001. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33766505.
  • Thakur T, Chewning B. Pharmacists’ opioid risk and safety counseling practices: A Latent Class Analysis approach. Res Social Adm Pharm. Accepted for publication 2021:7/30.
  • Thakur T, Chewning B. Handout use to facilitate opioid risk and safety communication in community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc. (2003).2021 Jun 11;.doi:10.1016/j.japh.2021.06.010.[Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID:34176760.
  • Rawy M, Look K, Amin MEK, Chewning B. Development and validation of a theory-based instrument to predict community pharmacists’ intention to provide pharmaceutical care services. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2021 Apri;17(4):664-676.
  • Thakur T, Chewning B. Communication between patients and health care professionals about opioid medications. Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy./5/29.2021.In press.
  • Thakur T, ChewningZetes N, Lee JTY. Involving caregivers in design and assessment of an opioid risk and safety communication intervention in children. Patient Education and Counseling. 2021/3/10 (in press).
  • Thakur T, Chewning B. Evaluating the effect of a handout on community pharmacists’ opioid safety counseling. Pharmacy (Basel), 2021 Feb 28;9(1): 49.
  • Pinzon MCM, Myers S, Renken J, Eggert E, Chewning B, Mahoney JE. Essential elements to “design for dissemination” within a research network –a modified Delphi study of the Community-Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN). Implementation Science Communications. 2021 February 12;2(1):1-16.
  • Vivian E, Flanagan, C., Chewning, B, Porco, M., Hoffath L. Hear Our Voice: Factors Influencing the Health of Youth Living in Low Income Housing. (2021) Progress In Community Health Partnerships,2021, volume 15, Issue 4, Winter 2021,509-516.
  • Snyder E, Chewning B, Kreling D, Perkins SM, Knox LM, Adeoye-Olatunde OA, Jaynes HA, Schommer JC, Murawski MM, Sangasubana N, Hillman LA, Curran GM. An evaluation of the spread and scale of PatientToc TM from primary care to community pharmacy practice for the collection of patient-reported outcomes: A study protocol. Res Social Adm Pharm, 2021 Fe 17(2):466-474.
  • Thakur T, Frey M, Chewning B. Student Pharmacist Opioid Consultations with Standardized Limited English Proficiency Patients: A Pre-Post Educational Intervention Study. Curr Pharmacy Teach Learn. 2020:12(4) 418-22.
  • Thakur T, Chewning B, Zetes N, Lee JTY. Pharmacy intervention to facilitate transparent opioid-risk and safety communication. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003)2020 Nov-Dec 60(6) 1015-20.
  • Thakur T, Chewning B. Patient and pediatric caregiver experiences and expectations about opioid risk education and counselling. Journal of Opioid Management.2020: May/June 16(3):227-232.
  • Chewning B, Bylund CL, Shah B, Arora NK, Gueguen JA, Makoul G. Patient preferences for shared decisions: a systematic review. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Ja 86(1):9-18. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2011.02.004. Epub 2011 Apr 6. Review. PubMed PMID: 21474265.
  • Svarstad B, Chewning B, Sleath B, Claesson C. The brief medication questionnaire: A tool for screening patient adherence and barriers to adherence. Patient Education and Counseling. 1999;(37):113-124.