Mark Patterson, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor
UMKC School of Pharmacy
HSB 4245
Meet Mark Patterson

Dr. Mark Patterson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy where he earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2006), and the Yale University School of Public Health where he earned his M.P.H. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology (2002). After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Patterson completed his post-doctoral fellowship in health services research from the Duke Clinical Research Institute and then worked for two years as a health services research analyst at the Research Triangle Institute in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Patterson’s specialization areas include 1) exploring the role of health information technology to improve communication, prescribing patterns, and medication reconciliation within post-acute care settings; 2) managing and building large datasets that are used to build predictive models for health outcomes studies, and 3) facilitating focus groups and conducting qualitative analysis on focus groups transcripts. Dr. Patterson was a recent recipient of a 2016 New Investigator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) on a project entitled “Workflow impact on medication errors occurring during transitions of care between rural facilities”

As an Assistant Professor at UMKC School of Pharmacy, Dr. Patterson serves as the course coordinator for a required 3-credit course titled “Economics of Health and Medicine”, a survey course introducing 2nd year pharmacy students to the theories and applications of microeconomics, pharmacoeconomics, and pharmacoepidemiology to pharmacy practice.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Patterson serves as an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Post-Graduate Preceptor for both the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Managed Care Residency PGY1 Program and the Veterans Affairs Heartland Network VISN15 Pharmacoeconomics Residency PGY2 Program.  His other professional responsibilities include serving on the editorial board of Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) and the advisory board for the Pharmacoeconomics PGY2 Program.

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Health Informatics, Psychiatry

Research Focus

Using mixed methods approaches to examine the prevalence of medication discrepancies and their underlying workflow attributed to those discrepancies that occurring during transitions of care between hospitals and nursing homes in rural Missouri.

Proposal currently under review to use the HealthFacts dataset to estimate the prevalence and patterns of antipsychotic polypharmacy prescribing patterns present in patients hospitalized with schizophrenia.

Research Summary
Currently Funded Projects

2016 – present: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) New Investigator Award (NIA). Workflow impact on medication errors during care transitions between rural facilities. Role: Principal Investigator, 15% FTE. Awarded: $9,450.

Previously Funded Projects

2013 – 2014: University of Kansas Medical Center Heartland Institute through NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). Trailblazer Pilot Award. A pilot study assessing the feasibility and value of using automated case-finders to identify high-risk heart failure patients. Role: Principal Investigator, 10% FTE. Awarded: $1,500.

2014: Missouri Department of Social Services. Missouri HealthNet Division. An Analysis of the Cost of Dispensing Prescription in Missouri. Role: Principal Investigator, 20% FTE. Awarded: $120,000.

2011 – 2012: University of Missouri Research Board (UMRB). Effect of health information technology (IT) prescribing systems on medication use and clinical outcomes. Role: Principal Investigator, 15% FTE. Awarded: $26,400.

Selected Publications

Patterson ME, Schuman G, Miranda D, Eaton C, Smith A. A Pilot Study Assessing the Feasibility and Value of Using Automated Case-Finders to Identify High-Risk Heart Failure Patients within an Urban Safety-Net Hospital. Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes. August 2016.

Schaefer M, Littrell E, Khan A, Patterson ME. Estimated GFR Decline Following Sodium Phosphate Enemas Versus Polyethylene Glycol for Screening Colonoscopy: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 Jan 21. pii:S0272-6386(15)01489-4. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2015.11.018. PubMed PMID: 26830255.

Patterson ME, Bogart MS, Starr KR. Associations between perceived crisis mode work climate and poor information exchange within hospitals. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2014 Dec 10.

Patterson ME, Marken P, Zhong Y, Simon SD, Ketcherside W. Comprehensive electronic medical record implementation levels not associated with 30-day all-cause re-admissions within Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2014 Jul 30; 5(3):670-84.

Patterson ME, Pace HA. A Cross-sectional Analysis Investigating Organizational Factors That Influence Near-Miss Error Reporting Among Hospital Pharmacists. Journal of Patient Safety. 2014 Aug 12.

Patterson ME, Pace HA, Fincham JE. Associations between communication climate and the frequency of medical error reporting among pharmacists within an inpatient setting. Journal of Patient Safety. 2013 September; 9(3): 129-133.

Patterson ME, Marken PA, Simon SD, Hackman JL, Schaefer RS. Associations between the concurrent use of clinical decision support and computerized provider order entry and the rates of appropriate prescribing at discharge. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2012 May 16; 3(2):186-96.