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Michael H. Farrell, MD

Associate Professor, Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Pediatrics and Population Health-Bioethics

"My research and professional interests focus on population-scale methods for quality assurance of risk communication, especially surrounding the use of screening tests which may have unforeseen or unexpected implications. As both an adult and pediatric health care provider, I have studied communication prior to cancer screening tests for adults (prostate-specific antigen and mammography) and communication following newborn genetic screening (for cystic fibrosis and sickle cell hemoglobinopathy). I am currently funded by my first NIH R01 grant which uses methods developed in the development award to assess communication processes and outcomes across the state of Wisconsin after newborn screening. I am using a method of my own design called the "Brief Standardized Communication Assessment" (BSCA) to analyze physician risk communication against a series of "communication quality indicators," funded by the R01 and also by two ARRA grants. I am also delighted to be part of the Research Scientist pathway and to work closely with several medical students and residents on their research projects. I am also active in several teaching and service activities at the Medical College and the Primary Care Initiative. ”

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