Carolyn Thorpe, PhD, MPH - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Carolyn Thorpe, PhD, MPH

CHERP COIN Investigator

Associate Professor, Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina


Carolyn T. Thorpe, PhD, MPH is Principal Investigator (PI) on a study of "Medication Oversupply and Outcomes in Patients with Diabetes," funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. She is Co-Investigator on "Guideline Adherence and Short/Long-term Health Outcomes in Patients with Diabetes" funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Here research interests include medication adherence and quality medication prescribing in older and chronically ill adults. Dr. Thorpe currently examines possible health risks of accumulating excess medication in older diabetes patients with co-morbidity, and outcomes of different medication regimens used to treat diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in patients with different types of co-morbidity. She is interested in developing interventions to improve medication adherence by patients and/or family caregivers and provider prescribing in older, frail adults with diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Dr. Thorpe completed a VA HSR&D Post-doctoral Research fellowship at the Center for Health Services Research, Durham VA Medical Center after obtaining her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina, her MPH at George Washington University, and her BA at the University of Michigan.

Research Areas

  • Accumulation of Excess Medications