Patricia Franklin, MD MBA MPH is Professor and Executive Director of Research, Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following a residency in Preventive Medicine, she completed a fellowship in Health Services Research emphasizing large database design and analysis and inter-disciplinary chronic care models. This training laid the foundation for a career in quality improvement (as Medical Director for Quality) and in outcomes research.
With funding from NIH, AHRQ, RWJF, FDA, and PCORI, Dr. Franklin's research aspires to improve measurement strategies to support optimal physical function, especially among patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis. She currently serves as Principal Investigator on a program project award (AHRQ; FORCE-TJR) to conduct comparative effectiveness research in total joint replacement (TJR). This national effort enrolled more than 25,000 TJR patients from over 200 orthopedists in 28 states to determine best practices to achieve optimal pain relief and physical function for adults with knee and hip arthritis. Based on the FORCE-TJR experience collecting patient-reported outcomes, she and her colleagues developed a framework for implementing PROs broadly in clinical care (funded by AHRQ/Academy Health).
In addition, Dr. Franklin recently completed a randomized trial (NIAMS; RO1) to evaluate the longitudinal impact of a telephone-based arthritis self-management program to enhance physical activity for advanced arthritis patients who elect surgical care.
Dr. Franklin also served as informatics co-investigator on the UMMS Clinical and Translational Science Award and PI of a CTSA-funded pilot study using accelerometry in arthritis patients to quantify and improve physical activity.