Bhavsar: Research about Research

Sunday, December 23, 2018
Nrupen Bhavsar, PhD

Our congratulations to Nrupen Bhavsar, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (general internal medicine), the recipient of a Career Development Award for his application titled "Addressing bias from missing data in EHR based studies of CVD”.

“Data from the electronic health records (EHR) are increasingly being used for clinical research,” Bhavsar said, “yet there is limited information on the best approaches to address the methodological limitations of the EHR, such as missing data.”

An NHLBI Grant

The $829,386 grant, administered by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, began September 1, 2018 and continues the next five years. The overall aim is to address the methodological challenges associated with conducting clinical research using data from the EHR. Bhavsar tells us he will be leveraging EHR data across Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest, data that are linked to Medicare claims. This information will help identify the impact of the various methodological issues such as missing data on inferences made when we use EHR data for clinical research.

Why is this important?

This is important because data from the electronic health records (EHR) are increasingly being used for clinical research, yet there is limited information on the best approaches to address the methodological limitations of the EHR, such as missing data. This is especially problematic when patient care is delivered in different health systems.

More about Bhavsar

Dr. Bhavsar is a chronic disease epidemiologist who has performed multidisciplinary studies in the epidemiology of CVD, chronic kidney disease and cancer. He is passionate about pursuing a career in clinical research at the intersection of epidemiology, informatics, and biostatistics. As a result of this award, Dr. Bhavsar will advance his research experience and ability to develop large scale EHR-based population studies.