Denise Boudreau, PhD

Denise Boudreau

“The research I do informs patients and providers on the risks and benefits of medications.”

Denise Boudreau, PhD

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Pharmacoepidemiologist Denise Boudreau, PhD, joined Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in 2003. Since then, she has played an integral role in investigations into the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceuticals. Highly regarded for her expertise in pharmacoepidemiologic methods, Dr. Boudreau has diverse experiences in the subject that span pharmacies, classrooms, and research institutions.

Dr. Boudreau uses “big data” to conduct research in real-world settings. She brings an in-depth working knowledge of Kaiser Permanente Washington pharmacy data and practices to her research, which ranges from cancer to opioid medication safety to treating opioid use disorder. She has been the Health Care Systems Research Network Steering Committee Representative for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Sentinel Initiative for the past 10 years and was extensively involved in developing both the data and methods for signal detection of adverse drug events. She is currently serving a 4-year term on the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.

Dr. Boudreau has pioneered work in the field of medication safety relating to cancer risk and cancer outcomes, as well as medication management of comorbidities among cancer survivors. For the last 5 years, she has dedicated her research to helping find solutions the opioid epidemic and improve treatment of opioid use disorder in the United States. She is currently leading two large multisite studies on the risk of misuse, abuse, and addiction with long-term opioid therapy, and the risk of birth defects with opioid use during pregnancy. Dr. Boudreau is a co-investigator on a clinical trial to improve treatment of opioid use disorder. She is site principal investigator of a trial to test the effectiveness of pain self-management training with optional supported opioid taper among chronic high-dose opioid users.

Dr. Boudreau's research has been exhibited internationally at conferences such as the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and the Congress of Epidemiology. Her professional memberships include the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.

Dr. Boudreau worked as a pharmacist before earning her master’s degree in pharmacy administration (1996) from the University of Rhode Island and PhD from the Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Research Policy Program (2002) at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Boudreau is an affiliate professor in the UW School of Pharmacy and UW Department of Epidemiology where she teaches the graduate pharmacoepidemiology course and mentors students. She retains her pharmacy license in Washington state.

Research interests and experience

  • Medication Use & Patient Safety

    General drug safety research; pharmacoepidemiology; observational study research methods; active surveillance on the safety of pharmaceuticals; validation of pharmacy data sources; pharmacy practice research; benefits and risks of opioids; treatment of opioid use disorder; and clinical and biologic effect of commonly used medications on cancer risk and outcomes

  • Addictions 

    Prevention and treatment

Recent publications

Lott JP, Boudreau DM, Barnhill RL, Weinstock MA, Knopp E, Piepkorn MW, Elder DE, Knezevich SR, Baer A, Tosteson ANA, Elmore JG. Population-based analysis of histologically confirmed melanocytic proliferations using natural language processing. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Jan 1;154(1):24-29. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.4060. PubMed

Chen L, Chubak J, Boudreau DM, Barlow WE, Weiss NS, Li CI. Diabetes treatments and risks of adverse breast cancer outcomes among early stage breast cancer patients: a SEER-Medicare analysis. Cancer Res. 2017 Nov 1;77(21):6033-6041. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-0687. Epub 2017 Sep 21. PubMed

Chen L, Chubak J, Boudreau DM, Barlow WE, Weiss NS, Li CI. Use of antihypertensive medications and risk of adverse breast cancer outcomes in a SEER-Medicare population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Nov;26(11):1603-1610. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-0346. Epub 2017 Aug 14. PubMed

Drieling RL, LaCroix AZ, Beresford SAA, Boudreau DM, Kooperberg CL, Chlebowski R, Ko MG, Heckbert SR. Long-term oral bisphosphonate therapy and fractures in older women: the Women’s Health Initiative. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Sep;65(9):1924-1931. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14911. Epub 2017 May 29. PubMed

Boudreau DM, Yu O, Balasubramanian A, Wirtz H, Grauer A, Crittenden DB, Scholes D. A survey of women's awareness of and reasons for lack of postfracture osteoporotic care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Apr 19. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14921. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

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