Dr. Jung-Ah Lee is an Associate Professor of Nursing Science, having joined the faculty in 2008 after completing her doctoral nursing studies at the University of Washington, School of Nursing. Her area of research interest is healthcare systems and how the structure and processes of a healthcare system affect patient safety and clinical and organizational outcomes. Within this research framework, she has investigated quality improvement techniques, patient safety issues, effective healthcare delivery models, and cost-effectiveness of care. For example, her doctoral dissertation focused on healthcare systems’ management and specifically focusing on cost-effectiveness analysis on venous thromboembolism (VTE) diagnosis and clinical outcomes research. This work continued in the older adult population with hip fracture. At UCI, her research areas include the use of simulation as an effective educational strategy, games and technology for people with chronic diseases, and the effectiveness of disease prevention and self management using health technology for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (e.g., using mHealth technology for Hispanic patients with chronic disease conditions). With her collaborators in Medicine and Calit2, she received several research grants focusing on theory based, culturally appropriate, and age-sensitive mobile technology as an innovative intervention to improve adherence to the treatments in patients with chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular diseases, dementia) and to enhance self-management skills of patients and their caregivers.
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