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Kathleen N. Lohr

Distinguished Fellow, Health Care Services and Policy

Kathleen N. Lohr, PhD, has more than 35 years of experience in health services and policy research. She was the founding director of the RTI International–University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center and the RTI DEcIDE Center, and is now senior advisor to both. Dr. Lohr was the founding editor-in-chief of RTI Press and continues on its editorial board. Before coming to RTI in 1996, Dr. Lohr spent nine years at the Institute of Medicine and 12 years at The RAND Corporation, leading work on quality of care, health insurance, and other health care topics. She has more than 80 books, monographs, and reports and more than 135 peer-reviewed articles to her credit. She was associate editor of Quality of Life Research and has participated on numerous national advisory committees, including the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (and its subcommittees on quality measures for children and adults) and the core editorial board for the National Guidelines and National Quality Measures Clearinghouses. In 2005, she received ISPOR's Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award.


PhD, Public Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate Institute; MA, Education, Stanford University; BA (with distinction), Sociology, Stanford University.

Latest Publications

Feltner, C., Jones, C.D., Cene, C.W., Zheng, Z.-.J., Sueta, C.A., Coker-Schwimmer, E.J.L., Arvanitis, M., Lohr, K.N., et al. (2014). Transitional care interventions to prevent readmissions for persons with heart failure: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine, 160 (11):774-784.
Gaynes, B.N., Lloyd, S.W., Lux, L., Gartlehner, G., Hansen, R.A., Brode, S., Jonas, D.E., Evans, T.S., Viswanathan, M., & Lohr, K.N. (2014). Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 75 (5):477-U196.
Wallace, I.F., Berkman, N.D., Lohr, K.N., Harrison, M.F., Kimple, A.J., & Steiner, M.J. (2014). Surgical treatments for otitis media with effusion: A systematic review. Pediatrics, 133 (2):296-311.
Berkman, N.D., Lohr, K.N., Morgan, L.C., Kuo, T.-.M., & Morton, S.C. (2013). Interrater reliability of grading strength of evidence varies with the complexity of the evidence in systematic reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 66 (10):1105-1117.
Forneris, C.A., Gartlehner, G., Jonas, D.E., & Lohr, K.N. (September 2013). Preventing and treating PTSD and related conditions in adults: A research agenda: RTI Press Publication No. RB-0005-1309. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
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