Dr. Mark Patterson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy where he earned a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2006), and the Yale University School of Public Health where he earned a M.P.H. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology (2002). After receiving a Ph.D., Patterson completed his post-doctoral fellowship in health services research from the Duke Clinical Research Institute and then worked for two years as a health services research analyst at the Research Triangle Institute in Durham, North Carolina.
Patterson’s research interests include 1) health information technology systems and quality of care; 2) organizational factors influencing medical error reporting, and 3) pharmaceutical policies impacting patient safety and access to care. Within these areas, he designs quantitative studies using secondary data bases to examine associations between drug utilization, health policies and clinical outcomes. Patterson was recently awarded a grant from University of Missouri Research Board to pursue his research investigating the associations between clinical decision support systems and medication adherence within Medicare beneficiaries discharged with heart failure. His other current research projects include exploring the effects of communication climate within a hospital on pharmacists’ likelihood of reporting medical errors.
As an assistant professor at UMKC School of Pharmacy, Patterson serves as a co-instructor for courses covering health economics, health care systems, and pharmaceutical marketing. He also recently created an introductory course in pharmaceutical policy analysis which aims to teach critical thinking skills required to assess the impact of federal or state regulatory policy on patient medication safety or access to innovative medications. Outside the classroom, Patterson serves on the Missouri Board of Health-System Pharmacy Research and Education Board of Directors, as well as a faculty advisor to the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Student Political Action Network (SPAN).