Robin Kruse, PhD


Robin Kruse is a health services researcher focused on gerontological issues. Rather than focusing on cures (which are important!), health services research examines how the delivery of health care affects patients’ outcomes. She is the Core Director of MU’s Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), a multidisciplinary project that is building capacity for PCOR at MU. Dr. Kruse works on several other studies that involve health care delivery, including a randomized trial to improve anxiety for caregivers of hospice patients, comparing outcomes for patients who were discharged to a skilled nursing facility or home following radical cystectomy, and comparing the effectiveness of various vascular surgery procedures.

In addition to research, Dr. Kruse teaches research methods and comparative effectiveness research in the Department’s online master’s program in academic medicine. She is also part of a team helping early stage researchers to develop grant proposals.

Academic Information

Research Professor Emerita


One Hospital Drive
MA306 Medical Sciences Building, DC032.00
Columbia, MO 65212
United States

P. 573-882-2190

Research Interests

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Outcomes of Lower Respiratory Infections
  • Prognostic Modeling

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Research Methods and Analysis

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

PhD: Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York
MSPH: University of Missouri


For a complete publication list, see: 

My Bibliography (NCBI Collections)