David Bruce Matchar, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director of the Center for Clinical Health Policy Research
Professor of Pathology
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail Box 3230, DUMC, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (656) 516-2584
Email address david.matchar@duke-nus.edu.sg

My research relates to clinical practice improvement - from the development of clinical policies to their implementation in real world clinical settings. Most recently my major content focus has been cerebrovascular disease. Other major clinical areas in which I work include the range of disabling neurological conditions, cardiovascular disease, and cancer prevention.
Notable features of my work are: (1) reliance on analytic strategies such as meta-analysis, simulation, decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis; (2) a balancing of methodological rigor the needs of medical professionals; and (3) dependence on interdisciplinary groups of experts.
This approach is best illustrated by the Stroke Prevention Patient Outcome Research Team (PORT), for which I served as principal investigator. Funded by the AHCPR, the PORT involved 35 investigators at 13 institutions. The Stroke PORT has been highly productive and has led to a stroke prevention project funded as a public/private partnership by the AHCPR and DuPont Pharma, the Managing Anticoagulation Services Trial (MAST). MAST is a practice improvement trial in 6 managed care organizations, focussing on optimizing anticoagulation for individuals with atrial fibrillation.
I serve as consultant in the general area of analytic strategies for clinical policy development, as well as for specific projects related to stroke (e.g., acute stroke treatment, management of atrial fibrillation, and use of carotid endarterectomy.) I have worked with AHCPR (now AHRQ), ACP, AHA, AAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NSA, WHO, and several pharmaceutical companies.
Key Words: clinical policy, disease management, stroke, decision analysis, clinical guidelines

Education and Training

  • M.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1980

Publications

Tyagi, S, Koh, GC-H, Luo, N, Tan, KB, Hoenig, H, Matchar, DB, Yoong, J, Finkelstein, EA, Lee, KE, Venketasubramanian, N, Menon, E, Chan, KM, De Silva, DA, Yap, P, Tan, BY, Chew, E, Young, SH, Ng, YS, Tu, TM, Ang, YH, Kong, KH, Singh, R, Merchant, RA, Chang, HM, Yeo, TT, Ning, C, Cheong, A, Ng, YL, and Tan, CS. "Can caregivers report their care recipients' post-stroke hospitalizations and outpatient visits accurately? Findings of an Asian prospective stroke cohort." Bmc Health Services Research 18, no. 1 (October 25, 2018): 817-null.

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30359277
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Wong, AK-S, Ong, SF, Matchar, DB, Lie, D, Ng, R, Yoon, KE, and Wong, CH. "Complexities and Challenges of Singapore Nurses Providing Postacute Home Care in Multicultural Communities: A Grounded Theory Study." Journal of Transcultural Nursing : Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society 29, no. 5 (September 2018): 402-409.

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29308714
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Matchar, DB, Eom, K, Duncan, PW, Lee, M, Sim, R, Sivapragasam, NR, Lien, CT, and Ong, MEH. "A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Randomized Control Trial of a Tailored, Multifactorial Program to Prevent Falls Among the Community-Dwelling Elderly." Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (August 27, 2018).

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30165053
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Lim, KK, Yeo, W, Koh, JSB, Tan, CS, Chong, HC, Zhang, K, Østbye, T, Howe, TS, and Matchar, DB. "The Role of Prefracture Health Status in Physical and Mental Function After Hip Fracture Surgery." Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (July 23, 2018).

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30049543
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Zhou, K, Vidyarthi, A, Matchar, D, Cheung, YB, Lam, SW, and Ong, M. "The relationship between workload and length of stay in Singapore." Health Policy 122, no. 7 (July 2018): 769-774.

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Malhotra, R, Chei, C-L, Menon, EB, Chow, W-L, Quah, S, Chan, A, Ajay, S, and Matchar, DB. "Trajectories of positive aspects of caregiving among family caregivers of stroke-survivors: the differential impact of stroke-survivor disability." Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 25, no. 4 (May 2018): 261-268.

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29577825
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Wong, TH, Nadkarni, NV, Nguyen, HV, Lim, GH, Matchar, DB, Seow, DCC, King, NKK, and Ong, MEH. "One-year and three-year mortality prediction in adult major blunt trauma survivors: a National Retrospective Cohort Analysis." Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 26, no. 1 (April 18, 2018): 28-null.

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29669572
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Mao, C, Yuan, J-Q, Lv, Y-B, Gao, X, Yin, Z-X, Kraus, VB, Luo, J-S, Chei, C-L, Matchar, DB, Zeng, Y, and Shi, X. "Associations between Superoxide Dismutase, Malondialdehyde and All-Cause Mortality in Older Adults: A Community-Based Cohort Study." (March 9, 2018).

Scholars@Duke

Benjamin, EJ, Virani, SS, Callaway, CW, Chamberlain, AM, Chang, AR, Cheng, S, Chiuve, SE, Cushman, M, Delling, FN, Deo, R, de Ferranti, SD, Ferguson, JF, Fornage, M, Gillespie, C, Isasi, CR, Jiménez, MC, Jordan, LC, Judd, SE, Lackland, D, Lichtman, JH, Lisabeth, L, Liu, S, Longenecker, CT, Lutsey, PL, Mackey, JS, Matchar, DB, Matsushita, K, Mussolino, ME, Nasir, K, O'Flaherty, M, Palaniappan, LP, Pandey, A, Pandey, DK, Reeves, MJ, Ritchey, MD, Rodriguez, CJ, Roth, GA, Rosamond, WD, Sampson, UKA, Satou, GM, Shah, SH, Spartano, NL, Tirschwell, DL, Tsao, CW, Voeks, JH, Willey, JZ, Wilkins, JT, Wu, JH, Alger, HM, Wong, SS, Muntner, P, and American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee, . "Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2018 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association." Circulation 137, no. 12 (March 2018): e67-e492. (Review)

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29386200
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Tan, FC, Yap, J, Allen, JC, Tan, O, Tan, SY, Matchar, DB, and Chua, TS. "Triaging Primary Care Patients Referred for Chest Pain to Specialist Cardiology Centres: Efficacy of an Optimised Protocol." Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore 47, no. 2 (February 2018): 56-62.

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29549371
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