Biography at time of fellowship: Amal Trivedi, M.D., M.P.H., a 2013-14 Australian-American Health Policy Fellow, is research investigator at the Providence VA Medical Center and assistant professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown University. He is a general internist and health services researcher whose work focuses on measurement of quality in health care, racial and socioeconomic disparities in health care, and patient and provider incentives that impact the quality and equity of care. Trivedi has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Health Affairs, JAMA, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Trivedi is the recipient of a Career Development Award from the VA Health Services Research and Development Service and a Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholars Award. He received his M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Project: In 2010, the Australian government implemented the Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme Copayment Measure, which reduced prescription drug copayments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with chronic disease or risk factors for chronic disease. The primary objective of Amal’s fellowship research project is to evaluate the impact of this prescription drug policy on the use of medications, drug adherence to anti-hypertensive, lipid-lowering, and glucose-lowering medications, and hospital admissions for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions among Indigenous patients in Australia. His fellowship advisor is Professor Margaret Kelaher of the University of Melbourne. Trivedi found that removing (or sharply reducing) prescription drug copayments were associated with immediate and substantial reductions in the rates of hospitalizations for Ambulatory care sensitive conditions among indigenous patients. Based on the feedback from Australian collaborators, the results are very provocative and he is in the process of developing them for a publication in a high-impact journal.
Career Activity Since Fellowship:
- Associate Professor, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice , Department of Medicine , Brown University
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice , Department of Medicine , Brown University
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