Laura J. Myers, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication

     Dr. Myers is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a Research Scientist in the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and the VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication. She has extensive knowledge and experience with the structure, coding and analysis of VA administrative data and directs the data management core for the VA Center of Excellence. Dr. Myers uses national VA and VA-CMS administrative databases to conduct studies focused on quality and outcomes in stroke and cancer.

Active Projects

I. VA HSR&D                                            10/01/2009 - 09/30/2013

"Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice" (PI: Michael Weiner)

The mission of this center grant is to improve healthcare provided to veterans through discovery, evaluation, implementation, and sustained adoption of best practices to improve healthcare quality and effectiveness in health care systems. Role: Co-investigator.


II. VA HSR&D                                           03/01/2007 - 09/30/2011

"Adapting Tools to Implement Stroke Risk Management for Veterans" (PI: Teresa Damush)

The goal is to develop a tailored, stroke risk factor management program for veterans after stroke and implement in two VA facilities. Role: Co-Investigator.


III. Stroke QUERI RRP                               07/01/2010 - 01/31/2012

"Management and Outcomes of Veterans with Transient Ischemic Attack" (PI: Eric Cheng)

The goal of this project is to determine whether veterans with TIA receive appropriate and timely diagnostic work-up and management of risk factors. Information available in national administrative data will be validated with information obtained via chart-review. Role: Co-Investigator/Site-PI.


IV. VA HSR&D PPO                                    01/01/2011 - 12/31/2011

"Demand, Cost, and Access of Radiotherapy in VA, Fee, & Non-VA Facilities" (PI: Dustin French)

The goal of this pilot project is to assess use of radiation therapy by colorectal cancer patients within and outside the VA healthcare system and to assess healthcare costs for radiotherapy within each system of care. Role: Co-Investigator.


V. Stroke QUERI RRP                                 04/01/2010 - 09/30/2011

"Stroke Care Quality within the Veterans Health Administration System" (PI: Dawn Bravata)

This project is using the OQP Stroke Special Project data to examine patterns in stroke care across the continuum of care, identify facility characteristics associated with high quality stroke care, and examine
disparities in stroke care quality and outcomes. Role: Co-PI.

Selected Publications                               |                           PubMed List coming soon >>

1: Cheng EM, Myers LJ, Vassar S, Bravata DM. Impact of Hospital Admission for Patients with Transient Ischemic Attack. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 Aug;26(8):1831-1840. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2017.04.018. Epub 2017 May 10. PubMed PMID: 28501258; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5499537.

2: Outcalt SD, Nicolaidis C, Bair MJ, Myers LJ, Miech EJ, Matthias MS. A Qualitative Examination of Pain Centrality Among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts. Pain Med. 2017 Feb 1;18(2):211-219. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw137. PubMedPMID: 28204704.

3: Chaturvedi S, Ofner S, Baye F, Myers LJ, Phipps M, Sico JJ, Damush T, Miech E, Reeves M, Johanning J, Williams LS, Arling G, Cheng E, Yu Z, Bravata D. Have clinicians adopted the use of brain MRI for patients with TIA and minor stroke? Neurology. 2017 Jan 17;88(3):237-244. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003503. Epub 2016 Dec 7. PubMed PMID: 27927939; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5272790.

4: Dixon BE, Ofner S, Perkins SM, Myers LJ, Rosenman MB, Zillich AJ, French DD, Weiner M, Haggstrom DA. Which veterans enroll in a VA health information exchange program? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Jan;24(1):96-105. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocw058. Epub 2016 Jun 6. PubMed PMID: 27274014.

5: Damush TM, Myers L, Anderson JA, Yu Z, Ofner S, Nicholas G, Kimmel B, Schmid AA, Kent T, Williams LS. The effect of a locally adapted, secondary stroke risk factor self-management program on medication adherence among veterans with stroke/TIA. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):457-68. doi:10.1007/s13142-015-0348-6. Erratum in: Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):469. PubMed PMID: 27349906; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4987603.

6: Schubert CC, Myers LJ, Allen K, Counsell SR. Implementing Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders Team Care in a Veterans Affairs Medical Center: Lessons Learned and Effects Observed. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jul;64(7):1503-9.doi: 10.1111/jgs.14179. Epub 2016 Jun 15. PubMed PMID: 27305428.

7: French DD, Dixon BE, Perkins SM, Myers LJ, Weiner M, Zillich AJ, Haggstrom DA. Short-Term Medical Costs of a VHA Health Information Exchange: A CHEERS-Compliant Article. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Jan;95(2):e2481. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000002481. PubMed PMID: 26765453; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4718279.

8: Arling G, Ofner S, Reeves MJ, Myers LJ, Williams LS, Daggy JK, Phipps MS, Chumbler N, Bravata DM. Care Trajectories of Veterans in the 12 Months After Hospitalization for Acute Ischemic Stroke. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Oct; 8(6 Suppl 3):S131-40. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.115.002068. PubMed PMID:26515201.

9: Roumie CL, Zillich AJ, Bravata DM, Jaynes HA, Myers LJ, Yoder J, Cheng EM. Hypertension treatment intensification among stroke survivors with uncontrolled blood pressure. Stroke. 2015 Feb;46(2):465-70. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.007566. Epub 2014 Dec 30. PubMed PMID: 25550374; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4308422.

10: Matthias MS, McGuire AB, Kukla M, Daggy J, Myers LJ, Bair MJ. A brief peersupport intervention for veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain: a pilot study of feasibility and effectiveness. Pain Med. 2015 Jan;16(1):81-7. doi:10.1111/pme.12571. Epub 2014 Oct 14. PubMed PMID: 25312858; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4793916.

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