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First Published Paper for Public Health's Qian is a Winner

Feng Qian and his co-authors examined baseline characteristics, quality of care metrics, in-hospital mortality, and other health factors in comparing Asian-American to non-Hispanic white heart failure patients.

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 24, 2015) — Even though Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, little has been studied about their clinical profiles, quality of care, and outcomes related to heart failure. Feng (Johnson) Qian, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, addressed this issue this year in his first published paper, and was prized for it.

Qian received the “Best Published Paper Award” this September from the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health for “Characteristics, quality of care, and in-hospital outcomes of Asian American heart failure patients: Findings from the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines - Heart Failure Program.”

Qian and his co-authors used the national Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure registry from 2005 through 2012 to examine baseline characteristics, quality of care metrics, in-hospital mortality, discharge to home, and length of stay between Asian-American and non-Hispanic white heart failure patients.

They found that despite some differences in clinical profiles, Asian-American patients hospitalized with heart failure receive very similar quality of care and have comparable health outcomes to white counterparts. They also reported that Asian-American heart failure patients were less likely to receive aldosterone antagonists at discharge and anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation even after risk adjustment.

Qian, who has received several young investigator awards from the American Heart Association, has research concentrations in several health management areas, including comparative effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes, medical technology and digital health research and assessment, economic analysis and health disparities.

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