Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH
Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, is a senior investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Research Institute (PAMFRI). Her research focuses on:
- the effect of financial and organizational incentives on practice behavior of health care providers and the subsequent impact on cost, utilization and quality of health care
- the economics of health care disparities
- the economics of mental health services in primary care.
Dr. Tai-Seale has contributed to the understanding of time allocation decision making and patient engagement in biomedical and mental health care in primary care practices.
Her current research includes application of theoretical perspectives and empirical methods from economics and communications research to the area of physician agency. Her research has been funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation, and Veterans Health Administration. With AHRQ funding, she is conducting a study of the transformation process and outcomes of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) as a patient-centered medical home. Other ongoing studies include evaluation of patient decision support interventions in prostate cancer screening and treatment decisions, creating a zone of openness to enhance patient engagement with health care providers, impact of health information technology on patient-physician communication during office visits, and team-based care for patients with several poorly managed chronic conditions.
Dr. Tai-Seale has won the Article-of-the-Year Award from AcademyHealth. She is an editorial board member of Health Services Research and past chair of the Health Economics Interest Group of AcademyHealth. Further, she has been serving as a grant proposal reviewer for various federal agencies including NIH and AHRQ. In addition to contributing numerous original research articles to peer-reviewed journals, her research has been discussed in hearings in the U.S. Senate and in the popular press such as The New York Times, Washington Post, O magazine, Good Housekeeping and Ladies' Home Journal.
Dr. Tai-Seale earned her Ph.D. in Health Services with a cognate in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also has an MPH from Emory University and received medical training at Jiaotong University School of Medicine in Shanghai, China.
In the News
PAMF Researchers Awarded AHRQ Grant to Study Trends in Obesity Among Complex Patients ,Palo Alto Medical Foundation, December 21, 2010
PAMF Researchers Awarded AHRQ Grant to Study PAMF as a Patient Centered Medical Home , Palo Alto Medical Foundation, November 22, 2010
Tai-Seale M, Foo P, Stults C. Patients with mental health needs are engaged in asking questions, but physicians’ responses vary.” Health Aff. In press.
Dohan D, McCuistion M, Frosch D, Hung D, Tai-Seale M. Recognition as a patient centered medical home: fundamental or incidental? Ann Fam Med. In press.
Stone AL, Tai-Seale M, Stults CD, Luiz JM, Frankel RM. Three types of ambiguity in coding empathic interactions in primary care visits: implications for research and practice. Patient EducCouns. 2012 Oct;89(1):63-8. PMID: 22809831
Shires DA, Stange KC, Divine G, Ratliff S, Vashi R, Tai-Seale M, Lafata JE. Prioritization of evidence-based preventive health services during periodic health examinations. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Feb;42(2):164-73. PMID: 22261213
Ahn S, Tai-Seale M, Huber C Jr, Smith ML, Ory MG. Psychotropic medication discussions in older adults' primary care office visits: So much to do, so little time. Aging Ment Health. 2011 Jul 1;15(5):618-29. PMID: 21815854
Tai-Seale M, Bolin J, Bao X, Street R. Management of chronic pain among older patients: inside primary care in the US. Eur J Pain. 2011 Nov;15(10):1087.e1-8. PMID: 21784680
Tai-Seale M, Stults C, Zhang W, Shumway M. Expressing uncertainty in clinical interactions between physicians and older patients: what matters? Patient EducCouns. 2012 Mar;86(3):322-8. PMID: 21764238
Vannoy SD, Tai-Seale M, Duberstein P, Eaton LJ, Cook MA. Now what should I do? Primary care physicians' responses to older adults expressing thoughts of suicide. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Sep;26(9):1005-11. PMID: 21541796
Ahn S, Zhao H, Tai-Seale M, Huber C Jr, Smith ML, Ory MG, Phillips CD. The longitudinal effects of behavioral, health, and socio-demographic factors on body mass index among older Chinese adults. Int J Public Health. 2012 Apr;57(2):269-77. PMID: 21476023
Tai-Seale M, McGuire T. Time is up: increasing shadow price of time in primary-care office visits. Health Econ. 2012 Apr;21(4):457-76. PMID: 21442688
Shih YC, Tai-Seale M. Physicians' perception of demand-induced supply in the information age: a latent class model analysis. Health Econ. 2012 Mar;21(3):252-69. PMID: 21280137
Tai-Seale M, Kunik ME, Shepherd A, Kirchner J, Gottumukkala A. A case study of early experience with implementation of collaborative care in the Veterans Health Administration. Popul Health Manag. 2010 Dec;13(6):331-7. PMID: 21090989
Tai-Seale M. What's keeping us so busy in primary care? [Letter to the editor]. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jul 29;363(5):495; author reply 496. PMID: 20666631
Rosen D, Mascaro N, Arnau R, Escamilla M, Tai-Seale M, Ficht A, Sanders C, Henderson P, Hoang U, Stephenson K. “Depression in medical students: gene-environment interactions.” Ann BehavSci Med Educ.2010;16(2):8-14.