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Patricia Flatley Brennan

Professor, Departments of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, Nursing
and Industrial Engineering

Ph.D., 1986, University of Wisconsin-Madison

H6/244 Clinical Sciences Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-4675

Phone: 608-263-5251, 608-263-1315
Fax: 608-263-5252


Patricia Brennan's Industrial Engineering webpage

To learn more about Brennan's current projects and the health system lab's personnel, please visit the lab's website at: http://healthsystems.engr.wisc.edu/

Research Interests
My research investigates the use of computer technologies, including the Internet, in the home-care of persons with complex health problems. I have developed and evaluated computer network services for home care of persons living with AIDS and for the caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's Disease. My newest project, HeartCare, targets persons recovering from cardiac surgery and makes use of WWW and multi-media to provide graduated, tailored home care support.
Along with Dave Demets and Natalie Norcross I direct the Wisconsin IAIMS initiative, a federally-funded program designed to strengthen the information technology infrastructure of the health science schools.
Selected Publications

Lauver, D.R., Ward, S.E., Heidrich, S.M., Keller, M.L., Bowers, B.J., Brennan, P.F., et al. (2002). Patient-centered interventions. Research in Nursing and Health, 25(4), Aug, 246-55.

Jones, J.F., & Brennan, P.F. (2002). Telehealth interventions to improve clinical nursing of elders. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 20, 293-322.

Dickerson, S.S. & Brennan, P.F. (2002). The Internet as a catalyst for shifting power in provider-patient relationships. Nursing Outlook, 50(5), Sep-Oct, 195-203.

Douglas, S.L., Daly, B.J., Gordon, N., & Brennan, P.F. (2002). Survival and quality of life: Short-term vs. long-term ventilator patients. Critical Care Medicine, 30(12), Dec, 2655-62.

Brennan, P.F., & Aronson, A.R. (2003). Towards linking patients and clinical information: Detecting UMLS concepts in E-mail. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 36(4-5), Aug-Oct, 334-41.

Brennan, P.F. & Safran, C. (2003). PATIENT Safety: Remember who it’s really for! Proceedings, Nursing Informatics 2003 Post-Congress Workshop--Improving Patient Safety with Technology. International Medical Informatics Association, E-papers Servicos Editorials Ltd., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun, 134-41.

Delaney, C., Brennan, P.F., McDaniel, A., Keenan, G., & Cullen, P. (2003). Research in nursing informatics: Naming, claiming, and changing health outcomes. In E. Marques (Ed). Proceedings, 8th International Congress in Nursing Informatics 2003. New York: Elsevier.

Brennan, P.F., & Kwiatkowski, K. (2003). How do lay people manage health information in the home? In E. Marques (Ed). Proceedings, 8th International Congress in Nursing Informatics 2003. New York: Elsevier.

Hsieh, Y., Hardardottir, G.A., & Brennan, P.F. (2003). Computer-mediated nursing interventions as represented in a large bibliographic database: A study of recall and precision. In E. Marques (Ed). Proceedings, 8th International Congress in Nursing Informatics 2003. New York: Elsevier.

Bachman, J.A., Brennan, P.F., & Patrick, T.B. (2003). Design and evaluation of SchoolhealthLink: A Web-based health information resource. The Journal of School Nursing, 19(6), Dec, 351-7.

Murray, M.E., Brennan, P.F., & Moore, S.M. (2003). A model for economic analysis. Nursing Economic$, 21(6), Nov-Dec, 280-7.

Anthony, M.K., Brennan, P.F., O’Brien, R., Suwannaroop, N. (2004). Measurement of nursing practice models using multi-attribute utility theory: Relationship to patient and organizational outcomes. Quality Management in Health Care, 13(1), Jan-Mar, 40 52.

Yasnoff, W.A., Humphreys, B.L., Overhage, J.M., Detmer, D.E., Brennan, P.F., et al. (2004). A consensus action agenda for achieving the National Health Information Infrastructure. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 11(4), Jul Aug, 332-8. Epub 2004 Jun 07.

Newbold, S.K., Kuperman, G.J., Bakken, S., Brennan, P.F., Mendonca, E.A., et al. (2004). Information technology as an infrastructure for patient safety: Nursing research needs. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 73(7 8), Aug, 657-62.

Brennan, P.F. & Safran, C. (2004). Patient safety: Remember who it’s really for! International Journal of Medical Informatics, 73(7-8), Aug, 547-50.

Hsieh, Y., Hardardottir, G.A., & Brennan, P.F. (2004). Linguistic analysis: Terms and phrases used by patients in E-mail messages to nurses. Proceedings, Medinfo 2004, 11 Pt. 1), 511 5.

Brennan, P.F., Norcross, N., Grindrod, D., & Sopher, M. (2004). Community-wide information systems design: Concepts and an Illustration. Medinfo 2004, 11 (Pt. 1), 192-6.

Middleton, B., Thomas, H.L., Madsen, E., Cooper, G., Brennan, P.F., & Hammond, E. (2005). Accelerating U.S. EHR adoption: How to get there from here–Recommendations based on the 2004 ACMI Retreat. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Jan-Feb, 12(1), 13-9, Epub 2004 Oct 18.

Zayas-Caban, T., Marquard, J., & Brennan, P.F. (2005). How does local optimization affect other organizations within the health care system? Organizational Design and Management (to be presented at Organizational Design and Management Symposium (ODAM), Hawaii, June 21-25, 2005.

Moen, A., & Brennan, P.F. (In press). Health@Home: The work of Health Information Management in the Household (HIMH) – Implications for Consumer Health Informatics (CHI). Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Marquard, J., Moen, A., & Brennan, P.F. (In review). Media-rich data–untapped resources to explore health information management in the household. Journal of Biomedical Informatics

Or, K.L., Casper, G.R., Karsh, B-T, Brennan, P.F., Burke, L.J., Carayon, P., et al. (In review). Work system analysis of home nursing care and implications for medication errors. Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Brennan, P.F., Moore, S.M., O’Brien, R., Sreenath, S., Murray, M.E., Caldwell, B. (In review). Technology-enhanced Post-CABG Recovery. BMJ: British Medical Journal.

Sheridan, J., Brennan, P.F., Carnes, M., Durand, B., Handelsman, J. (In review). Discovering directions for change in higher education through the experiences of senior women faculty. Journal of Technology Transfer.\

Volrathongchia K., Brennan P.F., Ferris M.C. (In review). Predicting the likelihood of falls among the elderly using likelihood basis pursuit technique. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Books, Technical Reports, Book Chapters, and Editorials

Brennan, P.F., & Yasnoff, W.A. (2002). Medical informatics and preparedness [Editorial]. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 9(2), Mar-Apr, 202-3.

Brennan, P.F. (2002). AMIA recommendations for national health threat surveillance and response [Editorial]. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 9(2), Mar-Apr, 204-6.

Brennan, P.F. (2002). A discipline by any other name [Editorial]. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 9(3), May Jun, 306-7.

Brennan, P.F. (2002). Informatics considerations. In S. Feetham (Ed.). Nursing and Genetics–Leadership for Global Health. Prepared for the International Council of Nurses. Geneva: The Association.

Brennan, P.F., Humphreys, B.L., Masys, D.R., & Miller, R.A. (2003). Kudos to Dr. Stead [Editorial]. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 10(1), 108.

Brennan, P.F., Moore, S.M., Jones, J., & Visovsky, C. (2003). HeartCare: A scalable technological solution to the challenges of post-hospital recovery from CABG surgery. In C. Safran (Ed.). Advances in Consumer Health Informatics. New York: Springer.

Brennan, P.F., & Safran, C. (2003). Report of Conference Track 3: Patient empowerment. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 2003 Mar;69(2-3):301-4.

Zayas-Caban, T., & Brennan, P.F. (2005). Human factors in home care. In P. Carayon, Ed., Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare and Patient Safety. Elsevier.

Brennan, P.F. & Safran, C. (2005). Empowered consumers. In D. Lewis, G. Eysenbach, R. Kukafka, P.Z. Stavri, & H. Jimison (Eds.). Consumer health informatics: Informing consumers and improving health care. Health Informatics Series. Springer.


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