Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, MBA, a Professor and L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair of Health Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, received a Doctorate of Philosophy from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Weech-Maldonado, a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) researcher, is interested in examining the impact of organizational and market factors on access, quality, and costs of care for vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly and racial/ethnic minorities.
2005-2006 Pilot Project, "Racial/ethnic differences in nursing-home rehabilitation care for Medicare post-acute residents." Dr. Weech-Maldonado's RCMAR/CHIME-funded project examined the racial-ethnic differences in the case-mix adjusted utilization of speech, occupational, physical, and respiratory therapies for post-acute nursing home residents who had stroke. It was considered important to examine the stroke care and outcomes of care for racial/ethnic minorities admitted to nursing homes given that more rehabilitation services are being provided in nursing-home settings.
2003-2004 Pilot Project, "The relationship between Hispanic ethnicity and language and patient assessments of Medicare managed care." Dr. Weech-Maldonado's RCMAR/CHIME-funded project used the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) 3.0 data from 2002 to examine the experiences of Hispanics enrolled in Medicare managed care.
Pilot Project Publications:
Weech-Maldonado R, Fongwa MN, Gutierrez PR, Hays RD. Language and regional differences in evaluations of Medicare managed care by Hispanics. Health Services Research. 2008 Apr;43(2):552-568. PMID: 18370967. PMCID: PMC2442381.
- Weech-Maldonado R, Elliott MN, Oluwole A, Schiller KC, Hays RD. Survey response style and differential use of CAHPS rating scales by Hispanics. Medical Care. 2008 Sep;46(9):963-8. PMID: 18725851. PMCID: PMC3103722.
- Weech-Maldonado R, Carle A, Weidmer B, Hurtado M, Ngo-Metzger Q, Hays RD. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) cultural competence (CC) item set. Med Care. 2012 Sep;50(9 Suppl 2):S22-31. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e318263134b. PubMed PMID: 22895226; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3748811.
- Weech-Maldonado R, Elliott MN, Pradhan R, Schiller C, Dreachslin J, Hays RD. Moving towards culturally competent health systems: organizational and market factors. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Sep;75(5):815-22. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.03.053. Epub 2012 May 5. PubMed PMID: 22647564; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3669592.