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Joshua M. Thorpe, Ph.D., M.P.H., is associate professor (tenure) in the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, and a core faculty member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Thorpe is a pharmaceutical health services researcher whose program of research aims to reduce disparities in access to care, and provide evidence on the comparative effectiveness of various treatment options and management strategies for complex older patients managing multiple medical conditions.

Dr. Thorpe received his BA in Neuroscience from Hamilton College, Master of Public Health degree (Epidemiology) from George Washington University, and his Doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Thorpe was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Pharmacy and has served as a statistical service fellow for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Thorpe’s teaching interests are in two main areas: (1) raising awareness of pharmacists about the needs of the communities in which they practice, and challenging future pharmacists to play a greater role in efforts to reduce disparities and improve public health; and (2) enhancing the scientific skills of pharmacists and graduate students by providing high-quality methodological training in the areas comparative effectiveness research, pharmacoepidemiology, and health services research.

Research areas: disparities, geriatric health services research. Methodological interests: secondary data analysis; factor analysis; classification methods (latent class, C&RT)

1. Corazzini KN, Anderson RA, Mueller C, Thorpe JM, McConnell ES. RN jurisdiction over nursing care systems in nursing homes: application of latent class analysis to empirically define capacity for professional nursing jurisdiction over care. Nursing Research (in press 2012)
2. Van Houtven CH, Thorpe JM, Chestnutt D, Molloy M, Boling J, Davis LL. Do nurse-led skill training interventions affect informal caregivers’ out-of-pocket expenditures? Gerontologist (in press 2012)
3. Thorpe JM, Thorpe CT, Kennelty KA. Evidence for subtypes of perceived healthcare barriers in older adults: An application of latent class analysis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011 Aug 3;11(1):181.
4. Pandhi N, DeVoe JE, Schumacher JR, Bartells C, Thorpe CT, Thorpe JM. Preventive service gains from first contact access in the primary care home. Journal of American Board of Family Medicine. 2011 Jul-Aug;24(4):351-9.
5. Dow RJ, Rose WE, Fox BC, Fish JT, Thorpe JM. Retrospective study of prolonged versus intermittent infusion piperacillin-tazobactam and meropenem in intensive care unit patients at an academic medical center. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice (In press)
6. Gallimore C, Thorpe JM, Trapskin K. Implementation of a medication therapy management curriculum into a required pharmacotherapy laboratory course. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (In Press)
7. Thorpe JM, Thorpe CT, Kennelty KA, Chewning, BA. Depressive symptoms and reduced preventive care use in older adults: The mediating role of perceived access. Medical Care. 2011 May 13. [Epub ahead of print]
8. Corazzini KN, Anderson RA, Mueller C, McConnell ES, Landerman LR, Thorpe JM, Short NM. Regulation of LPN scope of practice in long-term care and quality of care. Journal of Nursing Regulation. 2011; 2(2):30-36.
9. Mott DA, Thorpe JM, Thorpe CT, Kreling DH, Gadkari AS. Effects of Medicare Part D on drug affordability and utilization: Are seniors with prior high out-of-pocket drug spending affected more? Res Social Adm Pharm. 2010; 6(2):155-61.
10. Martin BA, Chui MA, Thorpe JM, Mott DA, Kreling DH. Development of a scale to measure pharmacists' self-efficacy in performing medication therapy management services. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2010; 6(2):90-9.
11. Thorpe JM, Van Houtven CH, Sleath BL, Thorpe CT. Rural-urban disparities in preventable hospitalizations among community-dwelling elderly with dementia. Journal of Rural Health. 2010; 26(2):146-55.
12. Thorpe JM, Sleath BL, Van Houtven CH, Clipp EC. Access to outpatient care in community-dwelling elderly with dementia: The role of caregiver life satisfaction. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 2009;28: 436-460.
13. Payne J, Held J, Thorpe JM, Shaw H. Effect of exercise on biomarkers, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and depressive symptoms in older women with breast cancer receiving hormonal therapy. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2008 Jul;35(4):635-42.
14. Beeber AS, Thorpe JM, Clipp EC. A latent class analysis of community-based service use by caregivers of older Veterans with dementia. Nurs Res. 2008;57(5):312-21.
15. Brandon D, Docherty SL, Thorpe JM. Infant and child deaths in acute care settings: implications for palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2007;10(4):910-8.
16. Sleath BL, Tulsky JA, Peck BM, Thorpe JM. Provider-patient communication about antidepressants among Veterans with mental health conditions. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2007;5(1):9-17.
17. Richbourg L, Rapp CG, Thorpe JM. Difficulties of the ostomate after hospital discharge. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2007;34(1):70-79.
18. Sleath BL, Jackson E, Thomas K, Galloway J, Dumain L, Thorpe JM, Rollins A, Morrissey J. Racial differences in the use of antidepressants and counseling for depression among homeless women. Community Ment Health J. 2006;42(1):77-85.
19. Thorpe JM, Sleath, BL, Thorpe CT, Van Houtven CH, Blalock SJ, Landerman LR, Campbell WH, Clipp EC. Caregiver psychological distress as a barrier to influenza vaccination among community-dwelling elderly with dementia. Medical Care. 2006;44(8).