Kelli Allen, PhD

Kelli Allen, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Co-director of Methodology Core for Multi-disciplinary Clinical Research Center

Research Health Scientist, Durham VA Medical Center 

3300 Thurston Building
Campus Box 7280
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7280

Specialty Areas:  health services interventions for osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, physical activity and rehabilitation interventions for osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, racial/ethnic and gender differences in osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis outcomes

Chronology:  BS, The Pennsylvania State University, 1992; MS, Health and Sport Science: Wake Forest University, 1994; PhD, Biobehavioral Health: The Pennsylvania State University, 2001. 2002 Postdoctoral Fellowship: Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2001-2002; Research Health Scientist, Health Services Research & Development, VA Medical Center, 2002-Present; Senior Fellow: Center for the Study for Aging and Human Development, Duke University, 2002; Assistant Research Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Duke University, 2003-2009; Associate Research Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Duke University, 2009-2014; Associate Director of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical center, 2009- present; Research Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014 to present. 

Description of research and/or clinical interests:  Dr. Allen is a health services researcher and exercise physiologist whose research focuses on improving care and outcomes for patients with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Her specific areas of research interest are:

1.      Development and testing of patient and provider-based interventions to improve osteoarthritis outcomes in the primary care setting.

2.      Development and testing of physical activity and rehabilitation interventions for osteoarthritis.

3.      Identifying causes of disparities in osteoarthritis outcomes and developing interventions to reduce disparities.

4.      Promoting informed decision-making among patients with osteoarthritis, particularly women and racial/ethnic minorities.

Selected Bibliography:   

Allen, K.D., Yancy, W.S., Bosworth, H.B., Coffman, C.J., Jeffreys, A.S., Datta, S.K., McDuffie, J., Strauss, J.L., Oddone, E.Z. (2015) A Combined Patient and Provider Intervention for Managing Osteoarthritis in Veterans:  Randomized Clinical Trial.  Annals of Internal Medicine 164(2):73-83.

Allen, K.D., Sanders, L.L., Olsen, J.K., Bowlby, L., Katz, J.N., Mather, R.C., Williams, J.W. Jr.  Internet vs. DVD Decision Aids for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, Musculoskeletal Care, In Press.  PMC4485373.

Golightly, Y.M., Allen, K.D., Nyrop, K.A., Nelson, A.E., Callahan, L.F., Jordan, J.M. (2015) Patient-reported outcomes to initiate a provider-patient dialog for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, 45(2): 123-131.

Allen, K.D., Bierma-Zeinstra, S.M.A., Foster, N.E., Golightly, Y.M., Hawker, G. (2015) Principles for implementation trials of osteoarthritis interventions.  Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 23(5): 826-838.

Allen, K.D., Golightly, Y.M. (2015) Epidemiology of Osteoarthritis:  State of the Evidence.  Current Opinion in Rheumatology, 27(3): 276-283. PMC4405030

Allen, K.D., Golightly, Y.M., Callahan, L.F., Helmick, C.G., Ibrahim, S.A., Kwoh, C.K., Renner, J.B., Jordan, J.M. (2014) Racial and gender differences in willingness to undergo total joint replacement:  the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, Arthritis Care & Research, 66(8): 1193-1202. PMC4207433

Nelson, A.E., Allen, K.D., Golightly, Y.M., Goode, A.P., Jordan, J.M.  (2014) A systematic review of recommendations and guidelines for the management of osteoarthritis: The Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.  Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, 43(6): 701-712.

Allen, K.D., Oddone, E.Z., Coffman, C.J., Datta, S.K., Juntilla, K.A., Lindquist, J.H., Walker, T.A., Weinberger, M., Bosworth, H.B.  (2010) Telephone-based self-management of osteoarthritis: a randomized, controlled trial.  Annals of Internal Medicine 153 (9): 570-579.


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