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Yu-Jung "Jenny" Wei, PhD, MS

Yu-Jung

Assistant Professor

Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

OFFICE: HPNP 3321

EMAIL: jenny.wei@cop.ufl.edu

PHONE: 352-294-5340

CV: Link to CV

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy
  • M.Sc., Health Policy and Management, National Taiwan University School of Public Health

Biographical Sketch

Yu-Jung “Jenny” Wei received her Ph.D. in 2012 and was subsequently appointed as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at University of Maryland Baltimore. She trained as a pharmacoepidemiologist with expertise in large-scale data analysis on medication-related issues in geriatric populations. Her research interests include medication-taking behaviors, medication prescribing quality, and the subsequent influence on patient and healthcare utilization outcomes. Wei has initiated projects focusing on nursing home residents and Medicare populations with chronic conditions, such as neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Her recent work examines psychopharmacological medications and their comparative safety profile among dementia patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms. She has a strong interest in developing algorithms to define populations, treatments, and outcomes in claims data. As a junior researcher, she has authored a number of articles in high-impact journals, including Medical Care, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Research Interests

  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Geriatric medication use
  • Medication prescribing and safety in nursing homes

Recent Publications

Huang TY, Wei YJ, Moyo P, Zuckerman IH, Lucas JA, Simoni-Wastila L (2015). Treated behavioral symptoms and mortality among Medicare nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13606. [Epub ahead of print]

Wei YJ, Palumbo FB, Simoni-Wastila L, Shulman L, Stuart B, Beardsley R, Brown C (2015). Relationships between antiparkinson drug nonadherence, modifications, and healthcare utilization and expenditures. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 21(1):36-41. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2014.10.021.

Wei YJ, Simoni-Wastila L, Zuckerman IH, Huang TY, Brandt N, Moyo P, Lucas JA (2014). Quality of psychopharmacological medication on mortality among Medicare nursing home residents. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 62(8):1490-504. [Response to Lapane and colleagues. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 63(4):834. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13360]

Wei YJ, Simoni-Wastila L, Zuckerman IH, Brandt N, Lucas JA (2014). Algorithm for identifying nursing home days using Medicare claims data and minimum data set assessment data. Medical Care. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000109

Wei YJ, Palumbo FB, Simoni-Wastila L, Shulman L, Stuart B, Beardsley R, Brown C (2014). Antiparkinson drug adherence and its association with healthcare utilization and economic outcomes in a Medicare Part D population. Value in Health 17(2):196-204.

Wei YJ, Palumbo FB, Simoni-Wastila L, Shulman L, Stuart B, Beardsley R, Brown C (2013). Antiparkinson drug use and adherence in Medicare Part D beneficiaries with Parkinson’s disease: patterns and associated factors. Clinical Therapeutics 35 (10):1513–1525.e1

Simoni-Wastila L, Wei YJ (Corresponding author), Luong M, Franey C, Huang TY, Rattinger G, Zuckerman IH, Brandt N, Lucas JA (2014). Quality of psychopharmacological medication use in nursing home residents. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 10(3):494-507.

Qian J, Simoni-Wastila L, Rattinger B, Zuckerman I, Lehmann S, Wei YJ, Stuart B (2014). Association between depression and maintenance medication adherence among Medicare beneficiaries with COPD. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 29(1):49-57.

Simoni-Wastila L, Wei YJ (Corresponding author), Qian J, Zuckerman IH, Stuart B, Shaffer T, Dalal A, Bryant-Comstock L (2012). Association of COPD maintenance medication adherence with all-cause hospitalization and spending in a Medicare population. American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy 10(3):201-10.

Simoni-Wastila L, Qian J, Wei YJ, Zuckerman IH, Stuart B, Shaffer T, Dalal A, Bryant-Comstock L (2012). Should Medicare rely on high drug spending as a criterion for medication therapy management programs? Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research 3 (4): 213-219.

Wei YJ, Stuart B, Zuckerman IH (2010). Use of antiparkinson medications among the elderly Medicare beneficiaries with Parkinson’s disease. American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy 8(4):384-94.

Cheng SH, Wei YJ, Chang HJ (2006). Quality competition among hospitals: The effects of perceived quality and perceived expensiveness. American Journal of Medical Quality 21(1):68-75.

Wei YJ, Chung KP, Cheng SH (2005). The evolution of healthcare quality assessment: From accreditation to report card system. Taiwan Journal of Public Health 24(4): 275-283.