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Donald Taylor

Professor, Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy

(919) 613-9357
don.taylor@duke.edu

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Don Taylor

Summary

Don is a professor of Public Policy at Duke University. He holds three degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including PhD in Health Policy and Management from the School of Public Health. He has published numerous peer review articles and co-authored two books. His papers have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, Health Affairs, The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Social Science and Medicine.

Most of his ongoing research is in the area of end of life policy with a focus on patient decision making and Medicare hospice policy. He was named a member of the HRSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that was created by the Affordable Care Act to reconsider how the federal government identifies Health Professional Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas. He wrote 29 columns on health reform for the Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer and has contributed to The New York Times' Room for Debate forum. He has appeared on North Carolina Public Television, done Office Hours live for Duke University, and taken calls on Wisconsin Public Radio to answer questions about health reform. Taylor is currently writing a book on the role of health care policy in developing a long range balanced budget in the U.S.

Teaching

Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Comparative Health Care Systems

The interaction of historical, political, economic, cultural, legal/ethical, and sociological factors in the organization and operation of health care systems. Emphasis on how cultural values penetrate the social institutions (politics, economics) that determine health care policies and their reception by societal members. Effects of social and technological change on health care systems, comparing their effects across societies with differing histories, cultural values, and economic systems. Major focus on United States, England, Sweden, and other Western societies.

Course Notes:
PUBPOL 590S
Was: PUBPOL 178
UG/GRAD SPRING 2014 GHC: Elective
MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Foundations - Policy

Recent Publications

Identifying cancer patients who alter care or lifestyle due to treatment-related financial distress. Psycho-Oncology (06/2016) View

Adherence to Measuring What Matters Measures Using Point-of-Care Data Collection Across Diverse Clinical Settings. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (03/2016) View

What Contributes Most to High Health Care Costs? Health Care Spending in High Resource Patients. Journal of managed care & specialty pharmacy (02/2016) View

Safety and benefit of discontinuing statin therapy in the setting of advanced, life-limiting illness: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine (05/2015) View