Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH

Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH

About Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH

Kathleen is a communications professional, social scientist and writer who develops evidence-based communications focused on the human side of healthcare. Her research background includes experimental studies in communication, persuasion, health communication and the media and qualitative research focused on content analysis, frame analysis and ethnography. As a professional writer and communicator of nearly two decades, Kathleen is a leader in the patient empowerment movement. Kathleen earned her PhD in Communications from the University of Alabama, preceded by a master’s degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was also a two-time fellow of Healthcare Communication at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Kathleen lives near Boston with her husband and son.
Senior Health Researcher and Writer

HEOR: Incorporating the Human Costs and Benefits into Drug Value

HEOR: Incorporating the Human Costs and Benefits into Drug Value By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH In a 2007 article, “Pinning Down the Money Value of a Person’s Life,” NY Times reporter Alex Berensen wrote, “HOW much is your life worth? How about a year of life? How much is your vision worth? [...]

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Support Community on Inspire Talks about Treatments

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Support Community on Inspire Talks about Treatments By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH If asked to list the most common cancers in the U.S., most people would include breast, lung, skin, and prostate cancers. So you may be surprised to learn that the fourth most common cancer among [...]

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Chronically Ill Patients? Patient Reported Outcomes

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Chronically Ill Patients? Patient Reported Outcomes By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Research in health and medicine has largely used quantitative methods. Using mixed methods, combining qualitative research with quantitative, is still relatively new. As the COVID-19 pandemic moved the world home and online, our team of [...]

Treatment Discussions of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Inspire

Treatment Discussions of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Inspire By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH When someone says “arthritis,” do you imagine an elderly person? When joints deteriorate through age and use, that’s osteoarthritis. But patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are fighting being actively crippled by their own immune systems, a disease that is unrelated [...]

Patients Enroll In Studies When They Have a Voice: Real World Study Succeeds with Patient Voice

Patients Enroll In Studies When They Have a Voice: Real World Study Succeeds with Patient Voice By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH The most persistent hurdle in running a clinical trial is recruiting and keeping participants. More recently, the FDA added the expectation that the value of released drugs be supported with [...]

Exploring Treatment Options with Others Online: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Exploring Treatment Options with Others Online: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD MSPH According to the CDC, in 2015, an estimated 1.3 percent of US adults (3 million) reported being diagnosed with irritable bowel diseases (IBD): either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.1 There are 70,000 new cases diagnosed every [...]

Searching For Colorectal Cancer Treatment Answers

Searching For Colorectal Cancer Treatment Answers By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD MSPH Inspire members discuss their colorectal cancer (CRC) treatment options and choices in the Fight Colorectal Cancer Support Group on Inspire because there is a lot to discuss. While it’s the third most common cancer in the United States,1 determining a course [...]

Members Find Support on Available Treatments for Osteoporosis

Members Find Support on Available Treatments for Osteoporosis By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD MSPH While the CDC is urging the public and the medical community to delay “all elective and ambulatory provider visits,” Inspire’s partner, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), is stressing the need for osteoporosis patients to adhere to their medication schedule, [...]

Caregivers and Treatment Decisions

Caregivers and Treatment Decisions By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Besides patients and doctors, who else influences treatment adherence at the consumer level? Marketing might look to one group that has multiple points of influence: Caregivers. Several studies confirm that caregivers are an important factor in a patient’s decisions, including decisions on medication. [...]

Merck’s Patient-Centric Clinical Trial Recruiting

Merck’s Patient-Centric Clinical Trial Recruiting By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD MSPH Merck boosts clinical trial recruitment with a patient-centric mindset Everyone in pharma knows that product success depends on the results of clinical trials -- but we don’t usually hear from the people who are involved in running them.  Recently, four Clinical Research [...]