Keck School Faculty

Susanne Hempel
Susanne Hempel
Professor of Research Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Susanne Hempel is a professor of research in the department of Preventative Medicine and a faculty member at the Gehr Center for Health Systems Sciences and Innovation, USC Keck School of Medicine. She directs research at the Southern California Evidence Review Center (https://sites.usc.edu/socalevidencereview/, https://www.rand.org/health-care/centers/epc.html), leading contracts for federal agencies such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as well as nonprofit organizations such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Dr. Hempel oversees a large portfolio of evidence synthesis projects; including systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and stakeholder panels; and leads large multi-site and multi-discipline projects. Dr. Hempel is an affiliate adjunct senior behavioral scientist at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) teaching systematic review methodology and applied psychometrics. Prior, she worked at the Center for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York, UK. Her academic background is personality psychology with a PhD from the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Eight Priorities for Improving Primary Care Access Management in Healthcare Organizations: Results of a Modified Delphi Stakeholder Panel J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Nov 14. . View in PubMed

Establishing an Evidence Synthesis Capability For Psychological Health Topics in the Military Health System Med Care. 2019 Oct; 57 Suppl 10 Suppl 3:S265-S271. . View in PubMed

Sequelae of an Evidence-based Approach to Management for Access to Care in the Veterans Health Administration Med Care. 2019 Oct; 57 Suppl 10 Suppl 3:S213-S220. . View in PubMed

Identifying Research Gaps and Prioritizing Psychological Health Evidence Synthesis Needs Med Care. 2019 Oct; 57 Suppl 10 Suppl 3:S259-S264. . View in PubMed

Evidence map of ductal carcinoma in situ management options Menopause. 2019 Sep 16. . View in PubMed

Obesity Prevention Interventions and Implications for Energy Balance in the United States and Mexico: A Systematic Review of the Evidence and Meta-Analysis Obesity (Silver Spring). 2019 Sep; 27(9):1390-1403. . View in PubMed

Synthesizing the Strength of the Evidence of Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies for Pain Pain Med. 2019 May 09. . View in PubMed

Quality Improvement Toolkits: Recommendations for Development Am J Med Qual. 2019 Jan 24; 1062860618822102. . View in PubMed

Spread tools: a systematic review of components, uptake, and effectiveness of quality improvement toolkits Implement Sci. 2019 08 19; 14(1):83. . View in PubMed

Evidence Map Visualization 2019. . View in PubMed

Mindfulness meditation for workplace wellness: An evidence map Work. 2019; 63(2):205-218. . View in PubMed

Conducting Your Literature Review 2019; 145. . View in PubMed

A Systematic Review in Support of the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Fourth Edition J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 12; 56(6):831-870. . View in PubMed

Effects of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder on functional outcomes: A systematic review J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 06; 89:28-51. . View in PubMed

Recruiting Rural Healthcare Providers Today: a Systematic Review of Training Program Success and Determinants of Geographic Choices J Gen Intern Med. 2018 02; 33(2):191-199. . View in PubMed

PRISMA Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR): Checklist and Explanation Ann Intern Med. 2018 10 02; 169(7):467-473. . View in PubMed

Elusive search for effective provider interventions: a systematic review of provider interventions to increase adherence to evidence-based treatment for depression Implement Sci. 2018 07 20; 13(1):99. . View in PubMed

Two alternatives versus the standard Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) summary of findings (SoF) tables to improve understanding in the presentation of systematic review results: a three-arm, randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial BMJ Open. 2018 01 23; 8(1):e015623. . View in PubMed

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis J Trauma Dissociation. 2018 Jan-Feb; 19(1):39-58. . View in PubMed

The Use of Technology in the Clinical Care of Depression: An Evidence Map J Clin Psychiatry. 2018 08 21; 79(5). . View in PubMed

AHRQ series on complex intervention systematic reviews-paper 3: adapting frameworks to develop protocols J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Oct; 90:19-27. . View in PubMed

Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention for Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis J Addict Med. 2017 Sep/Oct; 11(5):386-396. . View in PubMed

Meditation for posttraumatic stress: Systematic review and meta-analysis Psychol Trauma. 2017 Jul; 9(4):453-460. . View in PubMed

A systematic review of the effects of modifiable risk factor interventions on the progression of multiple sclerosis Mult Scler. 2017 Apr; 23(4):513-524. . View in PubMed

A systematic review of modifiable risk factors in the progression of multiple sclerosis Mult Scler. 2017 Apr; 23(4):525-533. . View in PubMed

Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Ann Behav Med. 2017 Apr; 51(2):199-213. . View in PubMed

Efficacy of mindfulness meditation for smoking cessation: A systematic review and meta-analysis Addict Behav. 2017 06; 69:27-34. . View in PubMed

Fit for purpose: perspectives on rapid reviews from end-user interviews Syst Rev. 2017 02 17; 6(1):32. . View in PubMed

Acupuncture for substance use disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jun 01; 163:1-15. . View in PubMed

StJohn's Wort for Major Depressive Disorder: A Systematic Review. Rand Health Q. 2016 May 09; 5(4):12. . View in PubMed

Syst Rev. 2016 Feb 10; 5:28. . View in PubMed

A systematic review of StJohn's wort for major depressive disorder. Syst Rev. 2016 09 02; 5(1):148. . View in PubMed

An evidence map of the effect of Tai Chi on health outcomes Syst Rev. 2016 07 27; 5(1):126. . View in PubMed

Development of the Quality Improvement Minimum Quality Criteria Set (QI-MQCS): a tool for critical appraisal of quality improvement intervention publications BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Dec; 24(12):796-804. . View in PubMed

Wrong-Site Surgery, Retained Surgical Items, and Surgical Fires : A Systematic Review of Surgical Never Events JAMA Surg. 2015 Aug; 150(8):796-805. . View in PubMed

A scoping review of classification schemes of interventions to promote and integrate evidence into practice in healthcare Implement Sci. 2015 Mar 03; 10:27. . View in PubMed

Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization in the United States Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep). 2014 Jul; (215):1-740. . View in PubMed

Towards a common terminology: a simplified framework of interventions to promote and integrate evidence into health practices, systems, and policies Implement Sci. 2014 May 01; 9:51. . View in PubMed

Probiotics for diarrhoea Indian J Med Res. 2014 Mar; 139(3):339-41. . View in PubMed

How can we recognize continuous quality improvement? Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Feb; 26(1):6-15.. View in PubMed

Guidance for research-practice partnerships (R-PPs) and collaborative research J Health Organ Manag. 2014; 28(1):115-26. . View in PubMed

Risk of bias: a simulation study of power to detect study-level moderator effects in meta-analysis Syst Rev. 2013 Nov 28; 2:107. . View in PubMed

A surveillance system to assess the need for updating systematic reviews Syst Rev. 2013 Nov 14; 2:104. . View in PubMed

Incorporating evidence review into quality improvement: meeting the needs of innovators BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Nov; 22(11):931-9. . View in PubMed

Testing the risk of bias tool showed low reliability between individual reviewers and across consensus assessments of reviewer pairs J Clin Epidemiol. 2013 Sep; 66(9):973-81. . View in PubMed

Hospital fall prevention: a systematic review of implementation, components, adherence, and effectiveness J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Apr; 61(4):483-94. . View in PubMed

Inpatient fall prevention programs as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review Ann Intern Med. 2013 Mar 05; 158(5 Pt 2):390-6. . View in PubMed

A pilot study using machine learning and domain knowledge to facilitate comparative effectiveness review updating Med Decis Making. 2013 04; 33(3):343-55. . View in PubMed

Probiotics for the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis JAMA. 2012 May 09; 307(18):1959-69. . View in PubMed

Conducting online expert panels: a feasibility and experimental replicability study BMC Med Res Methodol. 2011 Dec 23; 11:174. . View in PubMed

Identifying continuous quality improvement publications: what makes an improvement intervention 'CQI'? BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Dec; 20(12):1011-9.. View in PubMed

Identifying quality improvement intervention publications--a comparison of electronic search strategies Implement Sci. 2011 Aug 01; 6:85. . View in PubMed

BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Jul; 20(7):604-10. . View in PubMed

A framework for classifying patient safety practices: results from an expert consensus process BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Jul; 20(7):618-24. . View in PubMed

What context features might be important determinants of the effectiveness of patient safety practice interventions? BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Jul; 20(7):611-7.. View in PubMed

Preventing pressure ulcers in hospitals: A systematic review of nurse-focused quality improvement interventions Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2011 Jun; 37(6):245-52. . View in PubMed

Advancing the science of patient safety Ann Intern Med. 2011 May 17; 154(10):693-6. . View in PubMed

The role of theory in research to develop and evaluate the implementation of patient safety practices BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 May; 20(5):453-9. . View in PubMed

Safety of probiotics used to reduce risk and prevent or treat disease Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep). 2011 Apr; (200):1-645. . View in PubMed

Guide to designing, conducting, publishing and communicating results of clinical studies involving probiotic applications in human participants Gut Microbes. 2010 Jul; 1(4):243-253. . View in PubMed

Meta-analysis: effect of interactive communication between collaborating primary care physicians and specialists Ann Intern Med. 2010 Feb 16; 152(4):247-58. . View in PubMed

Psychosocial interventions for non-professional carers of people with Parkinson's disease: a systematic scoping review J Adv Nurs. 2008 Nov; 64(3):214-28. . View in PubMed

Diagnostic tests used in the investigation of adult haematuria: A systematic review BJU Int. 2006 Dec; 98(6):1154-60. . View in PubMed

Interventions for the treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: an updated systematic review J R Soc Med. 2006 Oct; 99(10):506-20. . View in PubMed

Diagnostic value of systematic biopsy methods in the investigation of prostate cancer: a systematic review J Urol. 2006 May; 175(5):1605-12. . View in PubMed

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