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Ronald Hays



DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementPart Time
Contact Information

911 Broxton Plaza

Areas of Interest: 
  • Patient Quality of Life
  • Patient Satisfaction with Care
  • Health-Related Behavior        

Ron Hays is a Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Management. He specializes in research and teaching courses in health-related quality of life, patient satisfaction with care, and health-related behavior. Dr. Hays received his Ph.D. from UC Riverside. He is a Principal Investigator of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) project and several studies of health-related quality of life.

PhD, University of California-Riverside
Selected Publications: 
  • Fongwa, M. N., Cunningham, W., Weech-Maldonado, R., Gutierrez, P. R., & Hays, R. D. (in press). Self-reports and ratings of care by African American and White Medicare managed care enrollees. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
  • Weech-Maldonado, R., Fongwa, MN., Gutierrez, P., & Hays, R. D. (2008). Language and regional differences in evaluations of Medicare managed care by Hispanics. Health Services Research., 43 (2), 552-568.
  • Clauser, S. B., Arora, N. K., Bellizzi, K. M., Haffer, S. C., Topor, M., & Hays, R. D. (2008). Disparities in HRQOL of cancer survivors and non-cancer managed care enrollees. Health Care Financing Review, 29 (4), 23-40.
  • Hays, R. D., Smith, A. W., Reeve, B. B., Spritzer, K. L., Marcus, S. E., & Clauser, S. B. (2008). Cigarette smoking and health-related quality of life in Medicare beneficiaries. Health Care Financing Review, 29 (4), 57-68.
  • Hays, R. D., Liu, H., Spritzer, K., & Cella, D. (2007). Item response theory analyses of physical functioning items in the Medical Outcomes Study. Medical Care., 45, S32-38.
  • Reise, S. P., Morizot, J., & Hays, R. D. (2007). The role of the bifactor model in resolving dimensionality issues in health outcomes measures. Quality of Life Research, 16 (supplement 1), 19-31.
  • Hahn, E. A., Cella, D., Chassany, O., Fairclough, D. L., Wong, G. Y., & Hays, R. D. (2007). Precision of health-related quality of life data compared with other clinical measures. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 82 (10), 1244-1254.
  • Lorenz, K. A., Cunningham, W. E., Spritzer, K. L., & Hays, R. D. (2006). Changes in symptoms and health-related quality of life in a nationally representative sample of adults in treatment for HIV. Quality of Life Research, 15, 951-958.
  • Hays, R. D., Brown, J., Brown, L.U., Spritzer, K.L., and Crall, J.J. (2006). Classical test theory and item response theory analyses of multi-item scales assessing parents' perceptions of their children’s dental care. Medical Care, 44 (11 Suppl 3), S60-S68.
  • Hays, R. D., Eastwood, J., Kotlerman, J., Spritzer, K. L., Ettner, S. L., & Cowan, M. (2006). Health-related quality of life and patient reports about care outcomes in a multidisciplinary hospital intervention. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 31 (2), 173-178.           
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