Ada Kwan, PhD, MHS

Title(s)Postdoctoral Scholar, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco CA 94110
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    University of California, BerkeleyPhD2020Health Economics, Health Policy
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthMHS2009Health Systems, International Health
    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 Center for Vulnerable Populations. My research studies access to and drivers of quality of care (and care disparities), including the roles of disparities and patient and provider characteristics. I utilize the combination of field experiments, experimental research designs, and complex survey methods, such as standardized patients, to assess the effects and implications of scaling up interventions in low-resource settings and for marginalized populations.

    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. Implementing Quality of Care Measures: Lessons from a Standardized Patient Study in Seven Provinces of China. Am J Public Health. 2022 Apr 28; e1-e3. Kwan A. PMID: 35483013.
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    2. Do private providers give patients what they demand, even if it is inappropriate? A randomised study using unannounced standardised patients in Kenya. BMJ Open. 2022 Mar 18; 12(3):e058746. Kwan A, Boone CE, Sulis G, Gertler PJ. PMID: 35304401.
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    3. Tuberculosis care quality in urban Nigeria: A cross-sectional study of adherence to screening and treatment initiation guidelines in multi-cadre networks of private health service providers. PLOS Global Public Health. 2022; 1(2):e0000150. . View Publication.
    4. Prescribing practices for presumptive TB among private general practitioners in South Africa: a cross-sectional, standardised patient study. BMJ Glob Health. 2022 01; 7(1). Salomon A, Boffa J, Moyo S, Chikovore J, Sulis G, Daniels B, Kwan A, Mkhombo T, Wu S, Pai M, Daftary A. PMID: 35042710; PMCID: PMC8768922.
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    5. Simulated patients and their reality: An inquiry into theory and method. Soc Sci Med. 2021 Nov 25; 114571. Das V, Daniels B, Kwan A, Saria V, Das R, Pai M, Das J. PMID: 34865913.
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    6. Mitigating outbreaks in congregate settings by decreasing the size of the susceptible population. medRxiv. 2021 Jul 07. Blumberg S, Lu P, Hoover CM, Lloyd-Smith JO, Kwan AT, Sears D, Bertozzi SM, Worden L. PMID: 34268514; PMCID: PMC8282103.
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    7. Quality of care for tuberculosis and HIV in the private health sector: a cross-sectional, standardised patient study in South Africa. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 05; 6(5). Boffa J, Moyo S, Chikovore J, Salomon A, Daniels B, Kwan AT, Pai M, Daftary A. PMID: 33990360; PMCID: PMC8127976.
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    8. Ten Urgent Priorities Based on Lessons Learned From More Than a Half Million Known COVID-19 Cases in US Prisons. Am J Public Health. 2021 06; 111(6):1099-1105. Barnert E, Kwan A, Williams B. PMID: 33856887; PMCID: PMC8101573.
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    9. 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; PMCID: PMC7493125.
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    10. 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; PMCID: PMC6904318.
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    11. 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; PMCID: PMC6747906.
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    12. 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; PMCID: PMC6830154.
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    13. 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; PMCID: PMC6465957.
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    14. 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; PMCID: PMC6155454.
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    15. 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, ORPHEA study team. PMID: 30212497; PMCID: PMC6136711.
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    16. 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; PMCID: PMC6128456.
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    17. 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, ORPHEA study team. PMID: 27753679; PMCID: PMC5051528.
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    18. 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; PMCID: PMC5067371.
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    19. 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; PMCID: PMC4633317.
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    20. 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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    21. 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, ORPHEA study team. PMID: 25927555; PMCID: PMC4260235.
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    22. 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. .
    23. mHealth solutions for improving mental health and illnesses in the aging process. Policy white paper commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. & the United Nations Foundation. 2014. . View Publication.
    24. mHealth opportunities for non-communicable diseases among the elderly. Policy white paper commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. & the United Nations Foundation. 2014. . View Publication.
    25. mHealth transferring the burden of caregivers to mobile technology. Policy white paper commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. & the United Nations Foundation. 2014. . View Publication.
    26. 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. .
    27. In: P. A. Bruck & M. Rao (Eds.), Global Mobile: Applications and innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem. Global Mobile. 2013. .
    28. Using mobile technologies for healthier aging. Policy white paper commissioned by Pfizer, Inc. & the United Nations Foundation. 2013. . View Publication.
    29. 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. .
    30. Using mobile phones on the job. BMJ. 2012; 344(2012):e2777. Mechael P, Kwan A, Struble S. View Publication.
    31. 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. .
    32. 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. . View Publication.
    33. 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; PMCID: PMC2563921.
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