Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
My interests center on achieving patient-centered care through patient-centered health research.
I am currently conducting a pioneering qualitative study of doctor-patient communication in the hospital, focusing on patients’ dialogues with their physicians. In addition, I have published on the importance of doctor-patient communication to patient satisfaction and on physician professionalism as it interacts with patient choice, and conducted research on how doctors and patients collaboratively set an agenda during the primary care visit.
I have the privilege of being Core Faculty in the Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Sciences and Outcomes Research. I have focused on patient-reported outcomes as a co-investigator on numerous systematic reviews, including those of continuous glucose monitoring and of treatments for Crohn’s disease. In addition, I was lead author of the chapter on patient and family engagement in a recent EPC critical analysis of patient safety practices.
I maintain an active internal medicine practice in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, and I'm a preceptor in the Adult Medicine housestaff clinic there. I'm involved in applying methods of quality improvement to the outpatient setting.
Talking To Your Doctor: A Patient’s Guide to Communication in the Exam Room and Beyond. Berger Z Editors: .Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, MD
Enabling Patient-Centered Care Through Health Information Technology. Finkelstein J, Knight A, Marinopoulos S, Gibbons, MC, Berger Z, et al Editors: .Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices. Chapter: Promoting engagement by patients and families to reduce adverse events Berger Z, Flickinger F, Dy S Editors: Shekelle PG et al.Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Pharmacologic Therapies for the Management of Crohn’s Disease. Hutfless S, Almashat S, Berger Z, et al Editors: .Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
Validation of a brief questionnaire to screen asthmatic outpatients for asthma symptoms that are worse in relation to work. Friedman-Jimenez G, Sturm TM, Reibman J, Harrison D, Rom WN, Zhang S, Berger Z, Matte T, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Bayesian and frequentist models: legitimate choices for different purposes. Berger Z, Annals of Epidemiology
A case-control study of workplace exacerbation of asthma symptoms. Berger Z, Kim M, Reibman J, Shore R, Friedman-Jimenez G, American Journal of Epidemiology
How could patients not know why they are in the hospital? Berger Z, Dembitzer A, Medical Encounter
How do patients and physicians differ in their conceptualization of the reason for hospitalization? Berger Z, Dembitzer A, Beach MC, Journal of General Internal Medicine
Agenda-setting in routine primary HIV encounters. Berger Z et al, Journal of General Internal Medicine
Limited availability of inflammatory bowel disease trial results on ClinicalTrials.gov. Blair R, Bass EB, Wilson LM, Hutfless S, Berger Z, Journal of General Internal Medicine
Methods for Insulin Delivery and Glucose Monitoring: Comparative Effectiveness. Golden SH, Brown T, Yeh HC, Maruthur N, Ranasinghe P, Berger Z, et al, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK99217/ Rockville, MD
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