Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH

CHERP COIN Investigator

Staff Physician, Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Co-leader, Cancer Control Research Program, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Marilyn Schapira is a CHERP COIN Investigator. A focus of her work is to improve health numeracy and related self-management skills for patients with chronic disease. She recently led a pilot study funded by the VISN 4 Center to Evaluate Patient Aligned Care Teams (CEPACT) to develop a prototype of a health numeracy tutorial for primary care patients with Chronic Health Failure (CHF). She was also a Co-Investigator on a VA HSR&D project A Partnership with Veterans Groups to Enhance Weight Management in VHA, (IIR 10-327, Whittle). The goal of this study was to develop and evaluate a peer support intervention that decreases obesity among Veterans. She has expertise in the field of shared decision making, particularly related to cancer screening and treatment decisions.

Dr. Schapira was recently awarded pilot funding from VA HSR&D to address the quality of clinician-patient communication and decision making for patients with lung cancer. Following this year-long project, she plans to develop interventions to help Veterans construct preferences and participate in the decision making process regarding lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. This area of study will help to address whether differences in patient preferences and values across race, ethnic, gender, and age groups, contribute to variations in cancer outcomes.

Funded Research

Incorporating Veterans Preferences into Lung Cancer Screening Decision (IIR 15-143) as Principal Investigator

Published Research

Disparities in Breastfeeding Among Military Veterans. Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association (2020)
Schapira MM, et al.
The Missing Record of Mental Status in Written Sign-Outs. Journal of Patient Safety (2019)
Schapira MM, et al.
The Nursing Home Compare Report Card: Perceptions of Residents and Caregivers Regarding Quality Ratings and Nursing Home Choice. Health Services Research (2016)
Schapira MM, Werner RM, et al.
Development and Validation of the Spanish Numeracy Understanding in Medicine Instrument. J Gen Intern Med (2016)
Schapira MM, et al.
Cancer Communication in the Social Media Age. JAMA Oncology (2016)
Sendrak MS, Cohen RB, Merchant RM, Schapira MM, et al.
How Patients View Lung Cancer Screening: The Role of Uncertainty in Medical Decision Making. Annals of the American Thoracic Society (2016)
Schapira MM, et al.
on behalf of the PROSPR consortium: Inadequate systems to support breast cancer cervical cancer screening in primary care practice. J Gen Intern Med (2016)
Schapira MM, et al.

Research Areas

  • Health Numeracy