Beth Waitzfelder, PhD

Beth Waitzfelder

Dr. Beth Waitzfelder, a sociologist, is interested in research on quality of care, diabetes, health care disparities, and mental health with co-morbid chronic illness. Some of her current research looks at improving diabetes care and outcomes in managed care settings and among minority populations.

Dr. Waitzfelder developed and continues to work on the Hawaii Diabetes Data Network, a collaborative, statewide diabetes database to support research and quality improvement. Prior to coming to CHR-Hawaii, Dr. Waitzfelder was the assistant director of research and evaluation at a psychiatric center in New York and an investigator at the Pacific Health Research Institute.

She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her doctorate in sociology from the University of Hawaii. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.


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Recent Publications

Ahmedani BK, Solberg LI, Copeland LA, Fang-Hollingsworth Y, Stewart C, Hu J, Nerenz DR, Williams LK, Cassidy-Bushrow AE, Waxmonsky J, Lu CY, Waitzfelder BE, Owen-Smith AA, Coleman KJ, Lynch FL, Ahmed AT, Beck A, Rossom RC, Simon GE. Psychiatric comorbidity and 30-day readmissions after hospitalization for heart failure, AMI, and pneumonia. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Feb 1;66(2):134-40. doi: 10.1176/ Epub 2014 Nov 1.   Full text
Feigelson HS, Carroll N, Weinmann S, Haque R, Yu CL, Butler M, Waitzfelder B, Wrenn MG, Capra A, McGlynn EA, Habel LA. Treatment patterns for ductal carcinoma in-situ from 2000-2010 across six integrated health plans. Springerplus. 2015 Jan 17;4:24. doi: 10.1186/s40064-014-0776-7. eCollection 2015.   Full text
Vazquez-Benitez G, Desai JR, Xu S, Goodrich GK, Schroeder EB, Nichols GA, Segal J, Butler MG, Karter AJ, Steiner JF, Newton KM, Morales LS, Pathak RD, Thomas A, Reynolds K, Kirchner HL, Waitzfelder B, Elston Lafata J, Adibhatla R, Xu Z, O'Connor PJ. Preventable Major Cardiovascular Events Associated With Uncontrolled Glucose, Blood Pressure, and Lipids and Active Smoking in Adults With Diabetes With and Without Cardiovascular Disease: A Contemporary Analysis. Diabetes Care. 2015 May;38(5):905-12. doi: 10.2337/dc14-1877. Epub 2015 Feb 20.   PubMed abstract
Ahmedani BK, Simon GE, Stewart C, Beck A, Waitzfelder BE, Rossom R, Lynch FL, Owen-Smith A, Hunkeler EM, Whiteside U, Operskalski BH, Coffey MJ, Solberg LI. Health care contacts in the year before suicide death. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jun;29(6):870-7. doi: 10.1007/s11606-014-2767-3. Epub 2014 Feb 25.   Full text
Lu CY, Zhang F, Lakoma MD, Madden JM, Rusinak D, Penfold RB, Simon G, Ahmedani BK, Clarke G, Hunkeler EM, Waitzfelder B, Owen A, Raebel MA, Rossom R, Coleman KJ, Copeland LA, Soumerai SB. Changes in antidepressant use by young people and suicidal behavior after FDA warnings and media coverage: quasi-experimental study. BMJ 2014 Jun 18; 348:g3596  
Schmittdiel JA, Steiner JF, Adams AS, Dyer W, Beals J, Henderson WG, Desai J, Morales LS, Nichols GA, Lawrence JM, Waitzfelder B, Butler MG, Pathak R, Hamman R, Manson SM. Diabetes care and outcomes for American Indians and Alaska natives in commercial integrated delivery systems: a SUrveillance, PREvention, and ManagEment of Diabetes Mellitus (SUPREME-DM) Study. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care 2014 Nov 17;2(1):e000043. PMCID: PMC4246918   Full text
Simon GE, Stewart C, Beck A, Ahmedani BK, Coleman KJ, Whitebird RR, Lynch F, Owen-Smith AA, Waitzfelder BE, Soumerai SB, Hunkeler EM. National Prevalence of Receipt of Antidepressant Prescriptions by Persons Without a Psychiatric Diagnosis.Psychiatr Serv. 2014 May 1. [Epub ahead of print] PMCID: PMC4216631 [Available on 2015/11/1]   Full text
Lotstein D, Seid M, Klingensmith G, Case D, Lawrence J, Pihoker C, Dabelea D, Mayer-Davis E, Gilliam LK, Corathers S, Imperatore G, Dolan L, Anderson A, Bell R, Waitzfelder B. Transition from pediatric to adult care for youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in adolescence. Pediatrics. 2013 Apr;131(4):e1062-70. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-1450. Epub 2013 Mar 25.   PubMed abstract
Penfold RB, Stewart C, Hunkeler EM, Madden JM, Cummings JR, Owen-Smith AA, Rossom RC, Lu CY, Lynch FL, Waitzfelder BE, Coleman KA, Ahmedani BK, Beck AL, Zeber JE, Simon GE. Use of antipsychotic medications in pediatric populations: what do the data say? Curr Psychiatry Rep 2013 Dec;15(12):426. PMCID: PMC4167011   Full text
Lee PG, McEwen LN, Waitzfelder B, Subramanian U, Karter AJ, Mangione CM, Herman WH. Is the physical functioning of older adults with diabetes associated with the processes and outcomes of care? Evidence from Translating Research Into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD). Diabetic Medicine 2012 Sep; 29(9):e321-5. PMC3557946   Full text

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