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Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE

Dr. Tjia is an Associate Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. Tjia’s research focuses on understanding how to minimize harm and maximize benefit from prescription medication use in older adults with advanced illness. The underlying premise of her work is that prescription medications are of most benefit when used in the context of patients’ goals for care. Her work examines the prevalence and predictors of unnecessary medication use in institutionalized and hospice-enrolled elders, and aims to develop safe and effective approaches to deprescribing. Her principle areas of interest include: 

1)  Authentic communication between providers and patients and how communication quality affects prescribing  

2) Goal-aligned prescribing through advance care planning and deprescribing

3) IT-based approaches for identifying medication-related harm

Jennifer Tjia, MD, MS