Renato Ferreira Leitao Azevedo
- Title: Graduate Hourly
- Group: Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience
- Status: Beckman Graduate Student
- Home: Beckman Institute
- 2414 Beckman Institute
- 405 North Mathews Avenue
- Urbana, Illinois 61801
Renato Ferreira Leitão Azevedo is a PhD Student in Educational Psychology (Cognitive Sciences of Teaching & Learning Division) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He holds a M.Sc. in Applied Statistics from UIUC, a M.Sc. in Accounting Education & Research from University of Sao Paulo (USP), B.S. in Information Systems and B.S. in Accounting. At UIUC he serves as Research Assistant at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and as Teaching Assistant (EPSY 456 - Human Performance and Cognition in Context). Within Cognitive Psychology, he has been working with Prof. Daniel Morrow, on the nature of complex human problem solving and learning. The current research projects aim to improve self-care (e.g. taking medications) and health outcomes among older adults. These interdisciplinary projects leverage expertise in computer science, medicine, human factors, and education to improve provider/patient collaboration related to self-care. He has further interest in investigating relationships among professional expertise, cognition, decision-making, risk perception, and workload in complex task domains such as accounting and behavioral economics.
One of our research projects is focused on helping patients understand and use health information presented through a ‘patient portal’ (electronic health record). Portals are intended to improve patient care by providing more access to health information when patients want it. However, portals have been used less than expected by older adults, in part because they are hard to use and the information is often hard to understand. We are focusing on patient understanding of numeric information such as test results. Patients often need to understand cholesterol and diabetes numbers and other test results in order to determine whether they are at risk for illness, compare treatments based on their risks and benefits, or make other health-related decisions.
Another research project is focused on support providers’ ability to educate patients about medication management and patients’ ability to accomplish this and other self-care goals at home. More specifically, we will develop tools integrated with Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems that automatically translate medication information in the EHR into language that patients can easily understand and use, and integrate this language into a computer agent (CA)-based medication adviser system that supports distributed collaboration between providers and patients.
- Azevedo, R.F.L., Morrow, D., Gu, K., Huang, T. S., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Graumlich, J., Sadauskas, V., Sakakini, T., Bhat, S., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., & Halpin, D. (2018, August). Evaluating computer agents for patient comprehension of medication information. Poster to be presented at the 126th American Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.
- Sakakini, T., Azevedo, R.F.L., Sadauskas, V., Gu, K., Zhang, Y., Bhat, S., Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T.S., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., Halpin, D.J., & Graumlich, J. (2017). Dr. Babel Fish: A Machine Translator to Simplify Providers' Language. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. Washington, DC: American Medical Informatics Association.
- Azevedo, R. F. L., Gu, K., Zhang, Y., Sadauskas, V., Sakakini, T., Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T. S., Bhat, S., Willemsen-Dunlap, A., Halpin, D.J., Graumlich, J., & Schuh, W. (2017). Using computer agents to explain clinical test results. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings. Washington, DC: American Medical Informatics Association.
- Azevedo, R.F.L., Garcia-Retamero, R., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T., Schuh, W., Gu, K., Zhang, Y., Yang, X. & Morrow, D. (2017, August). An interdisciplinary approach to improving patient portal messages. Poster to be presented at the 125th American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.
- Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T. Schuh, W., Azevedo, R. F. L., Gu, K., Zhang, Y., Roy, B. & Garcia-Retamero, R. (2017). A multidisciplinary approach to design and evaluating electronic medical record portal messages that support patient self-care. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 69, 63-74.
- Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Huang, T. Schuh, W., Garcia-Retamero, R., Azevedo, R. F. L., Gu, K., Zhang, Y. & Roy, B. (2016). Multimedia formats improve older adult comprehension of clinical test results: implications for patient portal design. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.
- Azevedo, R. F. L., Morrow, D., Hasegawa-Johnson, M., Gu, K., Soberal, D., Huang, T., Schuh, W., & Garcia-Retamero, R. (2015). Improving Patient Comprehension of Numeric Health Information. Proceedings from Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) International Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.
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