Dorothy I Baker, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Research Organizations

Internal Medicine: Geriatrics

Faculty Research

Research Summary

Dr. Baker's research ranges from case studies in home care to investigator on several community-based randomized controlled clinical trials and dissemination efforts regarding the prevention of falls, delirium and functional decline. Research and demonstration projects have been funded by from groups ranging from the Mountain States Regional Medical Program to the National Institutes on Aging as well as private foundations. She participated in developing the first family nurse practitioner program at Montana State University, designed to reach clinical practices in underserved areas of the Mountain States. Most recently she helped Connecticut develop and pass fall prevention legislation. Dr. Baker currently serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention, based in Yale School of Medicine.

Selected Publications

  • Hyperalimentation at Home. American Journal of Nursing. 74(10), 1826-1829.
  • Ten years of TPN at home. American Journal of Nursing 84(10), 1248-1249
  • A controlled trial of a multifactorial intervention to reduce risk of falls among community elderly persons New England Journal of Medicine 331(13), 821-827
  • The influence of urinary incontinence on publicly financed home care services to low-income elderly people The Gerontologist 35(3), 360-369
  • The design and implementation of a restorative care model for home care Gerontologist 41, 257-263
  • Evaluation of restorative care vs usual care for older adults receiving an acute episode of home care Journal of the American Medical Association 287: 2098-2105.
  • A program to prevent functional decline in physically frail elderly persons who live at home. New England Journal of Medicine 347:1068-74.
  • A prehabilitation program for physically frail community-living older persons Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 84:394-404.
  • Dissemination of an Evidence-based Multi-component Fall Risk Assessment and Management Strategy throughout a Geographic Area J Am Geriatr Soc 53, 675-680
  • Dissemination of the Hospital Elder Life Program: Implementation, Adaptation and Successes .J Am Geriatr Soc. 54:1492-1499
  • Effect of Dissemination of Evidence in Reducing Injuries from Falls New England Journal of Medicine 359: 252-61.
  • Integration of fall prevention into state policy in Connecticut Gerontologist 53 (3): 508-515
  • Association between treatment region and hospitalization for fall-related traumatic brain injury in the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention J Am Geriatric Soc. 61:1763–1767

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Dorothy I Baker, PhD
Mailing Address
PO Box 208056
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8056