Dr. Bosworth, a health services researcher, focuses on patient and organization level factors to improve treatment adherence. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care and Career Award Scientist at the Durham VAMC. He is a Research Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Research Professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University Medical Center, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Aging and Human Development and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Policy at Duke University. Dr. Bosworth was awarded an Established-Investigator award from the American Heart Association to further develop interventions to improve health behaviors and treatment adherence related to hypertension and other chronic diseases. Dr. Bosworth has published over 180 articles and 3 books that have examined the self management and treatment adherence among individuals with chronic diseases. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging and Division 38 Health Psychology), Gerontological Society of America, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He has received prior funding from a number of government sources (e.g., NIH, VA) and foundations (e.g., American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) to carry out three overarching areas of research: 1) clinical research that provides knowledge for improving patients’ treatment adherence and self-management in chronic care; 2) translation research to improve access to quality of care; and 3) eliminate health care disparities.
In terms of self-management and treatment adherence in chronic care, Dr. Bosworth has expertise developing interventions to improve health behaviors related to chronic diseases including coronary artery disease, diabetes, and depression and has been developing and implementing tailored patient interventions to reduce the burden of these chronic diseases. His research contributions to the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine, specifically health behaviors, memory and cognitive ability, social support, depression, and risk perception, all factors associated with treatment adherence and self-management, are brought to bear and are all reflected in his on-going work. This work has resulted in significant improvements in outcomes and testing of methods of revising health care systems to provide efficacious care in a cost effective way to as many people as possible.