Notes on Contributors

Vandna Bhatia is Manager of Research Transfer at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. Among her research interests is the part played by research evidence and theoretical constructs in health policy making. She has recently examined the impact of financial incentives on Canadian hospital funding policies and has explored strategies for disseminating research.

Cathy Charles is Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. She is interested in the health professions and public policy, as well as the question of public and patient participation in health care decision making. Recently she has analyzed provincial medical care association responses to government expenditure caps on medical care in Canada, and she has also been conducting research on shared treatment decision making.

Mita Giacomini is Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. Her current research addresses the topics of financial incentives in the Canadian health care system, demographic biases in the allocation of high-technology procedures, decision making in intensive care and life support, and the social dimensions of health technology assessment.

Laurie J. Goldsmith is a Research Coordinator at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is interested in the comparative analysis of health systems, physician payment, and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She recently participated in a large project on financial incentives in the Canadian health care system.

Judith H. Hibbard is a Professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and Clinical Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. The focus of her research is consumer information and decision making in health care. She has recently been working on a study, funded by the Agency for Health Care Policy Research (AHCPR), of how consumers use and understand quality information. In addition, she is an investigator on the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS) study, also funded by AHCPR.

Jeremiah Hurley is Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. His primary research interests are physician payment issues and physician behavior, as well as normative economic analysis in the health sector. In recently published work he has examined the utilization of physician services in Ontario and has critically surveyed both a welfarist and an extra-welfarist framework for evaluation in health.

Jacquelyn J. Jewett is a Research Associate in the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She is interested in information and education for consumers and intermediaries. Most recently, she has focused on the educational needs of the Medicare population in choosing and using managed care.

Donald W. Light is a Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, and a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts comparative studies of health care systems, particularly the organizational, political, and economic aspects of cost containment, competition, rationing, and what is now called managed care. He has ventured into issues of distributive justice and most recently coauthored, with Norman Daniels and Ron Caplan, Benchmarks of Fairness, published in 1996 by Oxford University Press.

Jonathan Lomas is a Professor at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Bio-statistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is interested in the role of research in health and health care decision making. Recently he has been exploring public input to priorities, the evaluation of policies to devolve authority for health care to local or regional bodies, and the role of social capital in health and health care governance.

Paul Slovic is President of Decision Research and a Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, in Eugene. He studies human judgment, decision making, and risk analysis. Working with many colleagues, he has developed methods to describe risk perceptions and to measure their impact on individuals, industry, and society.

Victoria A. Vincent is a Professor of Latin American History at the University of Illinois in Springfield and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Her affiliation with the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has been primarily as a writer and researcher.

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Volume 75, Issue 3 (pages 415–417)
Published in 1997