Patricia Deverka is a principal researcher in health policy research area. Dr. Deverka promotes the meaningful inclusion of patients and other stakeholders throughout the clinical research and care delivery processes by using robust engagement methods and evaluating outcomes. She has 25 years of experience designing both experimental and observational studies intended to assess how healthcare interventions impact clinical, humanistic, and economic outcomes.
Dr. Deverka has worked in the field of outcomes research/comparative effectiveness research in both non-profit and for-profit settings as a researcher, educator, consultant, and department head. She has extensive experience with drug and diagnostic product development, reimbursement planning, cost-effectiveness analysis, and bioethical issues surrounding the use of new technologies. Most recently, her work has focused on methods for engaging stakeholders in comparative effectiveness research, with projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. These projects have highlighted novel approaches for including patients and other stakeholders in research infrastructure development, topic priority setting, study design and implementation.
Dr. Deverka is also a recognized expert in the area of coverage and reimbursement for new genomic-based technologies and has worked collaboratively with stakeholders to recommend standards for a more predictable reimbursement pathway. She is currently leading a National Human Genome Research Institute-funded study to develop and analyze a registry of public and private payer coverage policies for next-generation sequencing based tests. She has published extensively regarding how engaging stakeholders can lead to greater alignment between the goals of researchers and the evidentiary requirements of health care decision-makers, and speaks often at national and regional conferences regarding pragmatic approaches for improving the relevancy of research.
Dr. Deverka is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University of Maryland’s School of Medicine as well as at the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.