Mary Ann Anderson, PhD, RN
Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
UIC College of Nursing, Quad Cities Regional Program
1515 Fifth Avenue, Suite 400
Moline, IL 61265
Research / Discovery
Dr. Anderson is interested in improving outcomes and reducing costs for patients as they move through the various settings of the health care delivery system. Her funded work has focused on a host of concepts related to elderly patients across the continuum of care (hospital to home care; hospital to skilled care; hospital to nursing home) in both urban and rural areas. Dr. Anderson has studied organizational factors such as discharge planning, case management, inter-organizational communication, and health care resource utilization, as well as patient-related factors such as hospital readmission and functional status. Dr. Anderson's findings have been published in a number of nursing and administrative journals. Dr. Anderson's currently funded project studies referral communication between hospitals and home care agencies and its influence on patient outcome of unplanned hospital readmission. Better understanding of the complexities of the health delivery system's effect on patient care outcomes will enhance the development of strategies and interventions to promote high-quality, cost-effective health care.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Anderson teaches graduate students and BSN completion students. At the graduate level, Dr. Anderson teaches the research sequence of courses (Inquiry I and II) and serves as the research advisor for numerous master's students. At the undergraduate level, she teaches courses in issues and trends, leadership and management, and clinical home care. Her teaching has been recognized by the University of Illinois at Chicago Council on Excellence in Teaching.
Service / Practice
Dr. Anderson has been active in many professional nursing organizations, such as the American Nurses Association and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. As an expert in health organizations and systems, she is a frequent consultant. As a long-term employee of the college, Dr. Anderson has served on numerous committees.
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