Janet Prvu Bettger ScD, FAHA

Janet Prvu Bettger

Core Faculty

Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, FAHA


ScD, Boston University

Fellow of American Heart Association

Dr. Bettger is an associate professor and Director of Health Policy and Implementation Science in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and a faculty affiliate of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Bettger’s research is dedicated to establishing real world evidence aimed to improve health care quality and policies that reduce the burden of disease and disability. She is funded by NIH and the VA as an implementation scientist on studies to prevent functional decline. She is also funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Medical Research Council/Wellcome Trust for pragmatic clinical trials in the U.S. and China on transitional care to improve functional independence and prevent post-hospital adverse events (COMPASS and SINEMA trials). Dr. Bettger is the PI for a pragmatic clinical and cost effectiveness trial on physical therapist-supported virtual rehabilitation following knee replacement (VERITAS trial). In 2016 with support from Duke's Bass Connections, Dr. Bettger launched the Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation (GANDHI) to facilitate student-faculty-external partner collaborative research to strengthen health systems globally (https://sites.duke.edu/bassgandhi/). She further advances this work on post-hospital rehabilitative care and outcomes with research using large integrated datasets, funded by PCORI and the NIH. 

Dr. Bettger received her BA from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and her MS from the University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse where she studied community reintegration for stroke and brain-injured patients transitioning from hospital to home. Her doctoral training in Rehabilitation Sciences, completed at Boston University, concluded with an investigation of patterns of functional recovery and factors affecting outcomes in patients transitioning home following acute rehabilitation. While working on her doctorate, she also worked in state government as the director of the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry. Dr. Bettger completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania with a NIH NRSA research fellowship in neurorehabilitation, a research fellowship at the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health, and a Switzer Fellowship funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study the role of the environment on functional outcomes. She completed additional research training at Duke as a mentored scholar in comparative effectiveness research funded by AHRQ.

Smeltz L, Lee KH, Bettger JP. Integrating Rehabilitation and Social Care: Opportunities for Advancing Research, Training, Practice, and Policy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2022 Sep;103(9):1886–90.

Dubno JR, Majumder P, Bettger JP, Dolor RJ, Eifert V, Francis HW, et al. A pragmatic clinical trial of hearing screening in primary care clinics: cost-effectiveness of hearing screening. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2022 Jun 25;20(1):26.

Bettger JP, Cadilhac DA. Stroke Care Costs and Cost-Effectiveness to Inform Health Policy. Stroke. 2022 Jun;53(6):2078–81.