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Kevin A Look, PharmD, PhD

Assistant Professor


 

 

 


Dr. Look's research focuses on the impact of prescription drug insurance coverage and cost-containment policies on the cost, access, and quality of medication use. His research integrates the pharmacist perspective into policy analysis and utilizes a patient-centered approach to better understand the implications of health care policies for patients, pharmacies, and payers. Dr. Look has conducted evaluations of medication-related programs offered by both public and private payers, and assessed the impact of health care reforms such as the Affordable Care Act. He has also conducted research to better understand challenges related to the accessibility, affordability, and quality of medication use by underserved populations, with an emphasis on the unique health care needs of rural residents. His current work has focused on the impact of the prescription opioid epidemic in the state of Wisconsin, and identifying ways to incorporate pharmacists into prevention and treatment efforts. 

Affiliations: Affiliate appointment in the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Look received his PharmD (2009) in pharmacy, and his MS (2011) and PhD (2013) degrees in the Social and Administrative Sciences Division, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His minor fields of study were economics and public policy analysis. For his master's degree, he researched the prevalence of multiple pharmacy use and the types of pharmacies used by patients. His doctoral dissertation was an evaluation of a value-based insurance design prescription drug benefit adopted by a managed care organization, which assessed the impact of the benefit change on member medication adherence and overall medication costs. He teaches professional students about the U.S. health care system, principles of drug insurance, and how pharmacy fits within the broader health care system. His graduate teaching focuses on statistical methods used in secondary data analysis. He also practices as a part-time community pharmacist.

Professional Interests: The evaluation of changes to health care policies, how changes to insurance coverage and benefit design impact medication use and costs, medication management by caregivers in rural areas, and rural-urban disparities in access to insurance and health care.

Education:

  • PharmD 2009 - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS 2011 - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD 2013 - University of Wisconsin-Madison

S&A 411 - The Role of the Pharmacist in the Public Health System

S&A 711 - Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research

S&A 911 - Research Seminar in Social & Administrative Sciences

Highlighted Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Deshpande M, Look KA. Relationship between health information sharing behavior using social media and breast cancer screening. Inov Pharm. 2017;8(2):Article 1. http://pubs.lib.umn.edu/innovations/vol8/iss2/1.
  2. Deshpande M, Look KA. Exploring factors associated with asthma related emergency department visits among adults: a path analysis approach. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017 Jan 23. pii: S1551-7411(16)30307-2. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2016.12.011. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Look KA, Kim NH, Arora P. Effects of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage mandate on private health insurance coverage in urban and rural areas. J Rural Health. 2017;33(1):5-11. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12183.
  4. Lester CA, Look KA, Chui MA. Is the currently used prescription adjudication date a good proxy for calculating medication refill adherence? J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2016;22(11):1311-1317.
  5. Look KA, Arora P. Effects of the Affordable Care Act’s young adult insurance expansion on prescription drug insurance coverage, utilization, and expenditures. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2016;12(5):682-698. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2015.10.005.
  6. Aboneh E, Look KA, Chui MA. Psychometric properties of the AHRQ Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture: a factor analysis. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016;25(5):355-363. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004001.
  7. Look KA. Patient characteristics associated with multiple pharmacy use in the U.S. population: findings from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2015;11(4):507-516. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2014.10.004.
  8. Look KA. Value-based insurance design and medication adherence: opportunities and challenges. Am J Manag Care. 2015;21(1):e78-e90.
  9. Chui MA, Look KA, Mott DA. The association of subjective workload dimensions on quality of care and pharmacist quality of work life. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2014;10(2):328-340. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2013.05.007.
  10. Look KA, Mott DA. Multiple pharmacy use and types of pharmacies used to obtain prescriptions. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2013;53(6):601-610. doi: 10.1331/JAPhA.2013.13040.
  11. Look KA, Mott DA, Leedham RK, Kreling DH, Hermansen-Kobulnicky CJ. Pharmacy participation and claim characteristics in the Wisconsin Medicaid Pharmaceutical Care Program from 1996 to 2007. J Manag Care Pharm. 2012;18(2):116-128.
  12. Look KA, Mott DA, Kreling DH, Peterson EJ, Staresinic AG. Economic impact of pharmacist-reimbursed drug therapy modification. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2011;51(1):58-64.

Peer Reviewed Research Podium Presentations

  1. Look KA, Stone JA. Exploring the importance of care recipient-caregiver dyad characteristics on medication management by rural informal caregivers. Paper presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2017; San Francisco, CA.
  2. Kim NH, Look KA. Effects of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement on the utilization and out-of-pocket costs of prescribed oral contraceptives. Paper presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2017; San Francisco, CA.
  3. Kim NH, Look KA, Arora P. Effects of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage mandate on private health insurance coverage in urban and rural areas. Paper presented at: Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference; August 2016; Ann Arbor, MI.
  4. Look KA, Mott DA, Chui MA. The role of subjective workload on quality of care and pharmacist quality of work life. Paper presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2013; Los Angeles, CA.
  5. Look KA, Mott DA. Factors associated with multiple pharmacy use. Paper presented at: Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference; August 2012; Madison, WI.
  6. Look KA, Mott DA, Kreling DH, Thorpe JM, Heinrich CJ. The use of multiple pharmacies to obtain prescription drugs: does rurality matter? Paper presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2012; New Orleans, LA.
  7. Look KA, Mott DA, Kreling DH, Hermansen-Kobulnicky CJ, Leedham RK. Characteristics of pharmacies participating in the Wisconsin Medicaid Pharmaceutical Care Program from 1996 to 2007. Paper presented at: Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference; July 2010; Iowa City, IA.
  8. Look KA, Peterson EJ, Mott DA, Staresinic AG. Economic impact of pharmacist-reimbursed therapeutic interchange. Paper presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; April 2009; San Antonio, TX.

Peer Reviewed Research Posters

  1. Park J, Look KA. Identifying relationships between financial burden, health-related quality of life, and psychological health among cancer patients. Poster session presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2017; San Francisco, CA.
  2. Park J, Look KA. Financial burden of treatment among cancer patients in the US: 2009 to 2013. Poster session presented at: Midwest Social and Administrative Pharmacy Conference; August 2016; Ann Arbor, MI.
  3. Kim NH, Look KA. Effects of the Affordable Care Act’s dependent coverage mandate on private health insurance coverage in urban and rural areas. Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; June 2016; Boston, MA.
  4. Look KA, Arora P. Effects of the Affordable Care Act’s young adult insurance expansion on prescription drug insurance coverage, utilization, and expenditures. Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; June 2016; Boston, MA.
  5. Hofmeyer B, Look KA, Pulvermacher A, Fose J, Djamali A, Hager D. Kidney transplant recipient adherence measured by proportion of days covered is associated with late biopsy proven acute rejection. Poster session presented at: American Transplant Congress; June 2016; Boston, MA.
  6. Look KA. Value-based insurance design and medication adherence: opportunities and challenges. Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; June 2015; Minneapolis, MN.
  7. Deshpande M, Look KA. Racial differences in asthma-related emergency department visits: a path analysis approach. Poster session presented at: AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting; June 2015; Minneapolis, MN.
  8. Look KA, Mott DA, Kreling DH, Hermansen-Kobulnicky CJ, Leedham RK. The association of pharmacy type and rurality with participation in the Wisconsin Medicaid Pharmaceutical Care Program from 1996 to 2007. Poster session presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2011; Seattle, WA.
  9. Look KA, Mott DA, Kreling DH, Hermansen-Kobulnicky CJ, Leedham RK. Characteristics of pharmacies participating in the Wisconsin Medicaid Pharmaceutical Care Program from 1996 to 2007. Poster session presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2010; Washington, D.C.
  10. Leedham RK, Mott DA, Kreling DH, Hermansen-Kobulnicky CJ, Leedham RK, Look KA. Eleven year trend analysis of Wisconsin Medicaid Pharmaceutical Care Program. Poster session presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2010; Washington, D.C.
  11. Look KA, Mott DA, Kreling DH. The comparative effects of a web-based survey form versus a mailed survey form among pharmacy key informants. Poster session presented at: American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting; March 2008; San Diego, CA.