Fredric Wolinsky , PhD
Aging Related Research:
My focus is gerontologic health services research, generally with special attention to the measurement and modeling of health status and health services use from a longitudinal perspective. For the past decade much of this research has relied on Medicare beneficiaries included in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), for which Dr. Wolinsky has linked the baseline (1992-1993) and biennial survey interview data (through 2012) to Medicare claims (1991-2012) and geo-coded data. I have also been involved in several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on cognitive training using speed of processing training (SOPT) including the NIH-funded multi-site ACTIVE (Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly) study, the Iowa Healthy and Active Minds Study (IHAMS), and the MOOD study in assisted living settings. I am currently leading a multi-site RCT to activate 7,757 patients receiving a DXA bone scan to improve their bone health using a tailored letter to patients about their fracture risk and how changes in diet, exercise, and smoking and drinking habits could lower their fracture risks—significantly improved treatment guideline concordance.