MERC Research Colloquium: Communication and Health Equity in Clinical Care

September 26, 2019
1545 Divisadero Street, Room 103, Mt. Zion Campus, San Francisco CA

Please join us for a research colloquium on clinical communication and health equity sponsored by the Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center (MERC) in the Division of General Internal Medicine at University of California San Francisco.



Thinking globally and investigating locally: theoretical underpinnings and future directions for the RIAS in contributing to an international evidence base in patient-clinician communication research

SPEAKER: Debra L. Roter, MPH, DrPH, Johns Hopkins University


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Photo-facilitated Communication between Patients and Clinicians in Primary Care

SPEAKER: Jane Jih, MD, MPH, MAS, University of California San Francisco


Debra L. Roter, MPH, DrPh, completed her doctorate at Johns Hopkins in 1977 has been a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty in the School of Public Health since 1980. She was named a Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor in 2012 and serves as Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society with concurrent appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, as well as the Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

For the past four decades, Dr. Roter’s research has focused on the study of patient-clinician communication and her coding method for analysis of medical dialogue, the Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS), has become the international standard by which medical dialogue is assessed. Her system has been applied in 30 countries across many medical and health care contexts reflecting medical dialogue in 14 languages. There have been some 350 RIAS-based studies published over the past 40 years.

Dr. Roter’s research addresses the influence of social factors, especially gender, ethnicity and literacy, as well as implicit racial bias, on the dynamics of medical communication and its consequences for health care disparities, quality of care and a variety of patient health outcomes. Her work as an interventionist in activating patients to more fully engage in their care has been widely replicated, as has her approach to teaching communication skills to clinicians at all levels of training.

Jane Jih, MD, MPH, MAS is a practicing general internist, investigator and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She is also Research Director of the Asian American Research Center on Health and Co-Director of the Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center at UCSF. Her overall research program aims to reduce health disparities and promote health equity among multiethnic and linguistically diverse older adults by developing and evaluating innovative, patient-centered interventions particularly among those with medical and/or social complexity.


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