Donald H. Taylor PhD, MPP

Donald Taylor

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Donald H. Taylor, PhD, MPP


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPP, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Don is an associate 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.

Personal web site

Kaufman BG, Van Houtven CH, Greiner MA, Hammill BG, Harker M, Anderson D, et al. Selection Bias in Observational Studies of Palliative Care: Lessons Learned. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 May;61(5):1002-1011.e2.

Cross SH, Kaufman BG, Taylor DH, Kamal AH, Warraich HJ. Trends and Factors Associated with Place of Death for Individuals with Dementia in the United States. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Feb;68(2):250–5.

Kaufman BG, Klemish D, Olson A, Kassner CT, Reiter JP, Harker M, et al. Use of Hospital Referral Regions in Evaluating End-of-Life Care. J Palliat Med. 2020 Jan;23(1):90–6.