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Ada Kwan, PhD, MHS

Title(s)Postdoctoral Scholar, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone628-206-5489
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    University of California, BerkeleyPhD2020Health Policy, Health Economics
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthMHS2009International Health, Health Systems
    University of MichiganBS2006Neuroscience

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    I am a health and development economist working with Dr. Adithya Cattamanchi in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care and with Dr. Brie Williams and the Amend team in the Division of Geriatrics. My research utilizes the combination of field experiments, experimental research designs, and complex survey methods, such as standardized patients, to assess the effects and (financial and non-financial) implications of scaling up health and education programs in low-resource settings and for marginalized populations. In particular, I examine drivers of access to and quality of care, which currently involves understanding the roles of resource allocation, health care disparities, patient characteristics (age, gender, marital status, wealth), and provider preferences (altruism).

    I have spent 10+ years conducting research in at-scale or multi-site economic, impact, and quality of health care evaluations and have worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with institutions such as the Mexico National Institute of Public Health and the World Bank. In previous roles, I have advised on policy and conducted research related to how integrating digital technologies can improve health initiatives, domestically and internationally. This work has been sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Sesame Workshop, and other agencies.

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    1. Antibiotic overuse in the primary health care setting: a secondary data analysis of standardised patient studies from India, China and Kenya. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 09; 5(9). Sulis G, Daniels B, Kwan A, Gandra S, Daftary A, Das J, Pai M. PMID: 32938614.
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    2. How to do (or not to do) … using the standardized patient method to measure clinical quality of care in LMIC health facilities. Health Policy Plan. 2019 Oct 01; 34(8):625-634. King JJC, Das J, Kwan A, Daniels B, Powell-Jackson T, Makungu C, Goodman C. PMID: 31424494.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Use of standardised patients for healthcare quality research in low- and middle-income countries. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(5):e001669. Kwan A, Daniels B, Bergkvist S, Das V, Pai M, Das J. PMID: 31565413.
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    4. Lessons on the quality of tuberculosis diagnosis from standardized patients in China, India, Kenya, and South Africa. J Clin Tuberc Other Mycobact Dis. 2019 Aug; 16:100109. Daniels B, Kwan A, Pai M, Das J. PMID: 31720433.
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    5. Use of standardised patients to assess gender differences in quality of tuberculosis care in urban India: a two-city, cross-sectional study. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 05; 7(5):e633-e643. Daniels B, Kwan A, Satyanarayana S, Subbaraman R, Das RK, Das V, Das J, Pai M. PMID: 30928341.
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    6. Variations in the quality of tuberculosis care in urban India: A cross-sectional, standardized patient study in two cities. PLoS Med. 2018 09; 15(9):e1002653. Kwan A, Daniels B, Saria V, Satyanarayana S, Subbaraman R, McDowell A, Bergkvist S, Das RK, Das V, Das J, Pai M. PMID: 30252849.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Influence of supply-side factors on voluntary medical male circumcision costs in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zambia. PLoS One. 2018; 13(9):e0203121. Bautista-Arredondo S, Sosa-Rubi SG, Opuni M, Contreras-Loya D, La Hera-Fuentes G, Kwan A, Chaumont C, Chompolola A, Condo J, Dzekedzeke K, Galarraga O, Martinson N, Masiye F, Nsanzimana S, Wamai R, Wang'ombe J, . PMID: 30212497.
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    8. Efficiency of HIV services in Nigeria: Determinants of unit cost variation of HIV counseling and testing and prevention of mother-to-child transmission interventions. PLoS One. 2018; 13(9):e0201706. Bautista-Arredondo S, La Hera-Fuentes G, Contreras-Loya D, Kwan A, Van Buren SJ, Amanze OO, Atobatele A, Adeyemi A, Abatta E, Ogungbemi KM, Sosa-Rubí SG. PMID: 30192765.
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    9. Costs along the service cascades for HIV testing and counselling and prevention of mother-to-child transmission. AIDS. 2016 10 23; 30(16):2495-2504. Bautista-Arredondo S, Sosa-Rubí SG, Opuni M, Contreras-Loya D, Kwan A, Chaumont C, Chompolola A, Condo J, Galárraga O, Martinson N, Masiye F, Nsanzimana S, Ochoa-Moreno I, Wamai R, Wang'ombe J, . PMID: 27753679.
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    10. Use of standardised patients to assess antibiotic dispensing for tuberculosis by pharmacies in urban India: a cross-sectional study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 Nov; 16(11):1261-1268. Satyanarayana S, Kwan A, Daniels B, Subbaraman R, McDowell A, Bergkvist S, Das RK, Das V, Das J, Pai M. PMID: 27568359.
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    11. Use of standardised patients to assess quality of tuberculosis care: a pilot, cross-sectional study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2015 Nov; 15(11):1305-13. Das J, Kwan A, Daniels B, Satyanarayana S, Subbaraman R, Bergkvist S, Das RK, Das V, Pai M. PMID: 26268690.
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    12. Using provider performance incentives to increase HIV testing and counseling services in Rwanda. J Health Econ. 2015 Mar; 40:1-9. de Walque D, Gertler PJ, Bautista-Arredondo S, Kwan A, Vermeersch C, de Dieu Bizimana J, Binagwaho A, Condo J. PMID: 25554976.
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    13. Assessing cost and technical efficiency of HIV prevention interventions in sub-Saharan Africa: the ORPHEA study design and methods. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Nov 29; 14:599. Bautista-Arredondo S, Sosa-Rubí SG, Opuni M, Kwan A, Chaumont C, Coetzee J, Condo J, Dzekedzeke K, Galárraga O, Martinson N, Masiye F, Nsanzimana S, Wamai R, Wang'ombe J, . PMID: 25927555.
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    14. Acceptability and willingness to receive short message service regarding HIV healthcare information in a HIV adult population in Mexico City. Journal of the International Aids Society. 2014; 17. Brenda Crabtree-Ramírez, Yanink Caro-Vega, Sandra Sosa-Rubi, Ada Kwan, Juan Sierra-Madero, Raul Ortega-Pérez, Alondra López-Martínez, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo.
    15. mHealth transferring the burden of caregivers to mobile technology. Policy white paper commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. & the United Nations Foundation. 2014. Ada Kwan. . View Publication.
    16. mHealth opportunities for non-communicable diseases among the elderly. Policy white paper commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. & the United Nations Foundation. 2014. Ada Kwan. . View Publication.
    17. mHealth solutions for improving mental health and illnesses in the aging process. Policy white paper commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. & the United Nations Foundation. 2014. Ada Kwan. . View Publication.
    18. In: M. Rosenmöller, D. Whitehouse & P. Wilson (Eds.) Managing eHealth: From Vision to Reality. Reshaping Health in a World of Mobile Phones. 2014; 215-229. Patricia Mechael, Ada Kwan, Avrille Hanzel, Chelsea Hedquist.
    19. In: P. A. Bruck & M. Rao (Eds.), Global Mobile: Applications and innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem. Global Mobile. 2013. Patricia Mechael, Ada Kwan, Dayle Kern.
    20. Using mobile technologies for healthier aging. Policy white paper commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. & the United Nations Foundation. 2013. Ada Kwan. . View Publication.
    21. Getting healthier around the world: Information and communication technologies for child health and development. Policy white paper commissioned by Sesame Workshop & mHealth Alliance at the United Nations Foundation. 2013. Ada Kwan. .
    22. Using mobile phones on the job. BMJ. 2012; 344(2012):e2777. Mechael P, Kwan A, Struble S. View Publication.
    23. In: J. Donner & P. Mechael (Eds.), mHealth in Practice: Mobile technology for health promotion in the developing world. State of Behavior Change Initiatives and How Mobile Phones are Transforming It. 2012; 15-31. Ada Kwan, Patricia Mechael, Nadi Kaonga.
    24. Barriers and gaps affecting mHealth in low- and middle-income countries: Policy White Paper. Center for Global Health and Economic Development, The Earth Institute at Columbia University. 2010. Patricia Mechael, Hima Batavia, Nadi Kaonga, Sarah Searle, Ada Kwan, Adina Goldberger, Lin Fu, James Ossman. View Publication.
    25. Tissue fractionation by hydrostatic pressure cycling technology: the unified sample preparation technique for systems biology studies. J Biomol Tech. 2008 Jul; 19(3):189-99. Gross V, Carlson G, Kwan AT, Smejkal G, Freeman E, Ivanov AR, Lazarev A. PMID: 19137106.
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