Speaker: Assistant Professor Rachel Dreyer, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Yale University School of Medicine (Emergency Medicine), New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Title: Improving Outcomes for Women with Cardiovascular Disease: Past, Present and Future Research
Chair: Professor John Beltrame, Michell Chair of Medicine, University of Adelaide; Director of Research, CALHN
Speaker biography: Rachel Dreyer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine (Emergency Medicine). She has extensive experience in health services research, patient-centered outcomes research, clinical research, and participatory methods. Dr Dreyer obtained a PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2013 in Medicine, with particular expertise in disparities related to women and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Upon completion of her PhD she joined the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Yale University as a Postdoctoral Fellow and later as an Associate Research Scientist, supported by an American Australian Association Fellowship and a Sidney Sax Overseas Public Health and Health Services Fellowship from the Australian Health and Medical Research Council. She joined faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2018, where she is building a cardiovascular outcomes research program focused on improving outcomes for women with CVD. This work is currently funded through the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
As an outcomes researcher her work has endeavored to improve health care quality by accelerating the implementation of patient-centered outcomes research; her work has largely pioneered efforts to improve outcomes for patients with heart disease, with a focus on addressing disparities in women. Her work subsequently helped lay the foundation for women’s cardiac health – with results from her research identifying significant delays and disparities in receiving treatment for women with CVD. For example, her research has highlighted significant sex and gender disparities across the continuum of care for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Her current research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on collaborative efforts with psychologists, computer scientists, physician specialists, informaticists, and outcomes researchers to define advanced methods to facilitate the psychosocial aspects of recovery for women with CVD. Using a participatory action research approach her team is currently developing behavioral and mobile health applications to assist women in recovery after AMI.