Karen Kelly-Blake

Karen Kelly-Blake photo

Assistant Director and Associate Professor

Center for Bioethics and Social Justice

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

C-215 East Fee Hall
(517) 353-8582
kellyka1 @ msu.edu

PhD 2008 Michigan State University
BS 1990 College of Charleston

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake's research interests include health services research, shared decision-making, decision aid development and implementation, clinical communication skills and training, mHealth, men’s health, medical workforce policy, health equity, medical education curriculum development, and medical education faculty development.

She is currently working on multiple grant submissions with MSU and University of Michigan partners. The research projects are to evaluate implementation of the Office Guidelines Applied to Practice Program for medication adherence for heart disease management in people with diabetes in FQHCs across the state of Michigan, to assess a multi-level clinical intervention for patient navigator enhanced colorectal cancer screening in community primary care practice settings, and to determine the value of patient-physician concordance on patient health outcomes.

Dr. Kelly-Blake is a Medical Anthropologist and MSU alumna.

Current Research Projects

Selected Publications

Jimbo M, Sen A, Plegue MA, Hawley S, Kelly-Blake K, Rapai M, Zhang M, Zhang Y, Xie X, Ruffin MT 4th. Interactivity in a Decision Aid: Findings From a Decision Aid to Technologically Enhance Shared Decision Making RCT. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. July 2019;57(1):77-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.03.004.

Khan NNS, Kelly-Blake K, Luo Z, Olomu A. Sex Differences in Statin Prescribing in Diabetic and Heart Disease Patients in FQHCs: A Comparison of the ATPIII and 2013 ACC/AHA Cholesterol Guidelines. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology. 2019;6. Epub March 5, 2019. DOI: 10.1177/2333392818825414.

Kelly-Blake K, Garrison N, Fletcher F, Ajegba B, Smith N, Brafford M, Bogdan-Lovis E. 2018 Rationales for expanding minority physician representation in the workforce: a scoping review. Medical Education 52(9): 925-935. DOI: 10.1111/medu.13618.

Olomu A, Kelly-Blake K, Hart-Davidson W, Holmes-Rovner M. Is Using Mobile Health Alone Sufficient to 2018 Enhance Patient Activation and Medication Adherence? September Issue SGIM Forum 41(9): 10-11.

Jimbo M, Sen A, Plegue M, Hawley S, Kelly-Blake K, Rapai M, Zhang M, Zhang Y, Ruffin IV M. Correlates of patient intent and preference on colorectal cancer screening. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Available online 3 February 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.11.026.

Olomu A, Hart-Davidson W,Luo Z, Kelly-Blake K, Holmes-Rovner M. Implementing Shared Decision Making in Federally Qualified Health Centers: The Office-Guidelines Applied to Practice (Office-GAP) Program. BMC Health Services Research. 2016;16(1):1-12. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1603-3.

Kelly-Blake K, Olomu A, Dwamena F, Dontje K, Henry R, Rovner D, Rothert ML, Holmes-Rovner M. Development of a communication skills based workshop for Shared Decision-Making (SDM). European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare. Dec 2015;3(4):529-542. DOI: 10.5750/ejpch.v3i4.1041.

Kelly-Blake K, Clark S, Dontje K, Olomu A, Henry RC, Rovner DR, Rothert ML, Holmes-Rovner, M. Refining a brief decision aid in stable CAD: cognitive interviews. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. ePub Feb 2014;14(10). DOI: 10.1186/1472-6947-14-10.

Jimbo M, Rana GK, Hawley S, Holmes-Rovner M, Kelly-Blake K, Nease DE Jr, Ruffin MT 4th. What is lacking in current decision aids on cancer screening? CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2013 May; 63(3): 193–214. DOI: 10.3322/caac.21180.

McCaffery K, Sheridan S, Nutbeam D, Clayman M, Kelly-Blake K, Holmes-Rovner M, Rovner D, Smith S, Wolf M. Chapter J: Addressing Health Literacy. In: Volk R, Llewellyn-Thomas H, eds. 2012 Update of the International Patient Decision Aids Standards (IPDAS) Collaboration’s Background Document. 2012. ipdas.ohri.ca/resources.html.

Selected Achievements and Awards

  • Member, Academy Health
  • Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Member, American Anthropological Association
  • Member, American Public Health Association