Liana Fraenkel MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology); Section Chief of Rheumatology, CT Veterans Administration Medical Center

Research Interests

Epidemiology, provision of health services in rheumatic disease

Current Projects

I am currently using interactive computer tools to quantify the trade-offs that patients make when faced with multiple alternatives and to predict treatment choices. My long-term goal is to develop innovative approaches to improve decision making to ensure that patients are well –informed of available alternatives and to help providers effectively communicate complex medical information to their patients in a manageable way.

Research Summary

My research focuses on studying medical decision making. Specifically my work has focused on understanding the determinants of patients' choices and improving ways of effectively communicating complex risk information and eliciting patient preferences for alternative treatments in clinical practice.


Selected Publications

  • Fraenkel L, Peters E, Charpentier P, Olsen B, Errante L, Schoen RT, Reyna V. A decision tool to improve the quality of care in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res 2012; Mar 5. doi: 10.1002/acr.21657.
  • Fraenkel L, Street, Jr, RL, Towle V, O’Leary JR, Iannone, L, Van Ness PH, Fried, TR. A pilot randomized controlled trial of a decision support tool to improve the quality of communication and decision making in patients with prevalent atrial fibrillation. J Am Geriatr Soc [in press].
  • Peters E, Hart S, Fraenkel L. Informing patients: The influence of numeracy, framing, and format of side-effect information on risk perceptions. Med Decis Making [in press].
  • Constantinescu F, Goucher, S, Weinstein A, Fraenkel L. Racial disparities in treatment preferences for rheumatoid arthritis. Med Care 2009;47:350-5

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