Building a movement to advance care quality at home
Dr. Sheehan is a Geriatrician who sees her primary role as an advocate for older people. She completed her undergraduate medical training and PhD in University College Dublin, Ireland. She also holds a Masters in Stroke Medicine from the University of Krems, Austria. She completed her internship, residency and both geriatric and internal medicine fellowships in Ireland. In addition to her clinical experience caring for frail older adults with multiple chronic conditions and teaching qualifications she has extensive knowledge of many aspects of research including study design, epidemiology, data acquisition, data entry, statistics, laboratory analysis and manuscript preparation. She led Ireland’s first population-based TIA epidemiology study and her PhD focused on examining the clinical, etiological and serum biomarkers that predict stroke after TIA. Since moving to the U.S., she has assumed a front-line role in the implementation of several research projects including the Roybal pilot project “Engaging Family Members in Addressing Medication Regimen Complexity in Home Health Care” and a number of projects to develop quality indicators for frail elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs) receiving home based care. She is a co-investigator on a number of complex multisite studies specifically the Caring for Adults Recovering from the Effects of Stroke (CARES) study and the Caregiving Transitions Study. She leads analyses of NHATS and REGARDS CMS linked data examining healthcare utilization of people with MCCs and the effects of caregivers and other factors on that utilization.