Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

cindy-sieck-md-phd-updatedAssistant Director of Resident Clinical Scholarship

Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive
Suite 524
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614-293-8973
Cynthia.Sieck@osumc.edu

Background

Dr. Sieck received her doctorate in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her doctoral training focused on mixed methods research, health behavior change theories and intervention design. Dr. Sieck also received a Masters of Public Health in public and community health services and Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Research, Education and Clinical Interests

Dr. Sieck’s research focuses on the interaction of health information technology (HIT) and patient engagement. With her background in health behavior and health education, her research seeks to understand how patients can utilize technology to increase their level of engagement, defined as their participation in their own health care and how healthcare systems can best support patients in these efforts. She also studies the development and validation of measures to be utilized by both researchers and healthcare systems to understand patient needs related to engagement. Finally, Dr. Sieck’s research interests extend to collaborations with patients as research partners and the development of best practices associated with this type of research. These three lines of research take a mixed methods approach, drawing upon her quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis skills.

Current Research Projects 

  • High Touch and High Tech (HT2): Transforming Patient Engagement Throughout the Continuum of Care by Engaging Patients with PHR Technology at the Bedside.  This study is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to examine the impact of an inpatient portal and training program on patient health outcomes.

  • Searching for Management Approaches to Reduce HAI Transmission (SMART). This mixed methods study is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop a management bundle for health systems to utilize in their efforts to reduce transmission of healthcare associated infections.

  • The Rules of Engagement. This research study is funded by the Department of Family Medicine Crisafi-Monte fund to understand the training needs of patients and providers related to communication via a patient portal.

  • Improving the Measurement of Patient Engagement among Patients with Chronic Conditions. Funded by The Crisafi-Monte Endowment Fund, this study examines the perspectives of patients with chronic conditions related to their capacity to engage in their health care. 

  • Development and Evaluation of Socio-Technical Metrics to Inform HIT Adaptation. Dr. Sieck serves as Site PI for this study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality which examines how physicians and nurses adapt to changes in the use of health information technology.

Active Funding

  • 01/01/18–12/31/19 The Rules of Engagement. The Crisafi-Monte Endowment Fund PI: Hefner, JL. Competitive Grant: $49,377. Role: co-investigator. 

  • 04/01/17-03/31/22. Searching for Management Approaches to Reduce HAI Transmission (SMART). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). PI: McAlearney Competitive Grant: $1,887,609. Role: co-Investigator.

  • 08/01/16–7/30/18. Development and Evaluation of Socio-Technical Metrics to Inform HIT Adaptation. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. PI: Yen, PY. Competitive Grant: $250,000, Role: Site PI.

  • 09/30/15–09/29/19. Institute for the Design of Environments Aligned for Patient Safety (IDEA4PS). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. PIs: Moffatt-Bruce, S; Co-Is: McAlearney, AS, Huerta, TR. Competitive Grant: $4,000,000. Role: co-investigator.

  • 09/30/15–9/29/19. High Touch and High Tech (HT2): Transforming Patient Engagement Throughout the Continuum of Care by Engaging Patients with PHR Technology at the Bedside.  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). PI: McAlearney AS; Competitive Grant: $973,109. Role: co-investigator.

Education and Training

  • PhD: University of Michigan, School of Public Health, 2006
    Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
  • MPH: University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health, 1994
    Department of Public and Community Health Services
  • BS: University of Pittsburgh, College of Arts and Sciences, 1992
    Department of Psychology

Select Publications 

Published manuscripts

  • Sieck, CJ, Hefner, JL, Schnierle, J, Florian, H, Agarwal, A, Rundell, K, McAlearney, AS. “The Rules of Engagement: Perspectives of Experienced Ambulatory Patient Portal Users.” Journal of Medical Internet Research Medical Informatics, 5(3):e13. 

  • Sieck, CJ, Hefner, JL, McAlearney, AS. “Finding the patient voice in research activities: perspectives of patient advisors and researchers.” Journal of Participatory Medicine. 9, e6.

  • Hefner, JL, Sieck, CJ, Walker, DM, Huerta, TR, McAlearney, AS. 2017. “System-Wide Inpatient Portal Implementation: Survey of Health Care Team Perceptions.” JMIR Medical Informatics, 5(3):e31. 

  • Sieck, CJ, McAlearney, AS. “Integrated Care and e-Health tools in the US and Europe”, Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy, In Press.

  • Walker DM, Sieck CJ, Menser TL, Huerta TR. “Information Technology to Support Patient Engagement: Where do we stand and where are we going?” American Medical Informatics Association. 2017. [E-Pub ahead of print.] DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocx043.

  • McAlearney, AS, Sieck, CJ, Hefner, JL, Aldrich, AM, Walker, DM, Rize,r MK, Moffatt-Bruce, SD, Huerta, TR. 2016. “High Touch and High Tech (HT2): Transforming Patient Engagement Throughout the Continuum of Care by Engaging Patients with Portal Technology at the Bedside.” JMIR Research Protocols. 2016; 5(4):e221 http://www.researchprotocols.org/2016/4/e221 doi: 10.2196/resprot.6355.

  • Yen PY, Sieck CJ, Hefner JL, McAlearney AS, Huerta TR. “HIT Adaptation: Refocusing on the Journey to Successful HIT Implementation.” Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, JMIR Medical Informatics. 5(3):328.

  • Klatt, M, Weinhold, KD, Taylor, CA, Sieck, CJ, “A Pragmatic Introduction of Mindfulness in a Continuing Education Setting: Exploring Personal Experience, Bridging to Professional Practice.” Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice, In Press.

  • Sieck, CJ, Johansen, M and Stewart, J. 2015. “Interprofessional Shared Decision Making: Increasing the Shared in Shared Decision Making.” International Journal of Health Care Services. 2(1).

  • Wexler, R, Hefner, JL, Sieck, CJ, Taylor, CA, Lehman, J, Panchal, AR, Aldrich, A, and McAlearney, AS. 2015. “Connecting Emergency Department Patients to Primary Care. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.” Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.  Nov- Dec. 28(6):722-732.

Book chapters 

  • Sieck CJ, Hefner JL, McAlearney AS. 2017. “What Makes a Patient-Centered Medical Home?” In: Eds. McAlearney AS, Kovner A. Health Services Management: A Case Study Approach. 11th Edition. Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL. In press.
  • Sieck CJ. 2017. “Hearing the Patient Voice.” In: Eds. McAlearney AS, Kovner A. Health Services Management: A Case Study Approach. 11th Edition. Health Administration Press: Chicago, IL. In press.
  • Sieck, CJ, Wickizer, T, Geist, L. 2014. “Population Health Management in Integrated Physical and Mental Health Care.” In: Eds. Hefner, JL, Huerta, TR, McAlearney, AS. Population Health Management in Health Care Organizations (Advances in Health Care Management, Volume 16). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 16:139-150.
  • Heirich, M, Sieck, CJ. 2002. “Helping At-Risk Drinkers Reduce Their Drinking, in Preventing Workplace Substance Abuse: Beyond Drug Testing to Wellness.” In: Eds. Bennett, JB, Lehman, WEK. American Psychological Association. Aug, 2002.

Editorial Activities 

Manuscript reviewer

  • Journal of Medical Informatics Research 
  • BMJ Evidence Based Medicine
  • Patient Experience Journal
  • Medical Care Research and Review
  • Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
  • Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
  • Family Medicine
  • Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Health Promotion Practice
  • Biomed Central
  • International Journal of Integrated Care
  • Pediatrics

National Positions

  • North American Primary Care Research Group, U.S. co-chair for the Committee on Advancing the Science of Family Medicine Health Information Technology 
  • North American Primary Care Research Group, research mentor
  • Academy of Management, conference reviewer
  • AcademyHealth, Translation and Communication Interest Group engagement leader
  • AcademyHealth, Behavioral Health Interest Group engagement leader
  • AcademyHealth, Translation and Communication Special Interest Group, abstract reviewer
  • AcademyHealth annual research meeting, abstract reviewer

Professional Memberships

  • AcademyHealth
  • Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
  • Academy of Management
  • North American Primary Care Research Group 
  • OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • American Evaluation Association
  • OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center