Swedish Health Services Research

The mission of the Health Services Research group within The Swedish Center for Clinical Research and Innovation is to study best ways to provide health care services to patients, and to share findings with health care stakeholders to improve medical decision making and patient outcomes.

Department Researchers

Smita Nayak, M.D.
Research Scientist, Swedish Center for Clinical Research and Innovation

Dr. Nayak is a Research Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Swedish Center for Clinical Research and Innovation. Her NIH-funded research currently focuses on the comparative effectiveness of different screening and treatment strategies for osteoporosis, primarily using methodologies of cost-effectiveness analysis and meta-analysis. Dr. Nayak aims to provide policymakers, health care providers, and patients with information about best osteoporosis screening and treatment practices to improve health outcomes.

Dr. Nayak received a Sc.B. in neuroscience, magna cum laude with departmental honors, from Brown University; M.D. from UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School; completed internal medicine residency training at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California; and completed a research fellowship at Stanford University and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Research Studies

Current health services research being conducted at Swedish by Smita Nayak, MD with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) examines different strategies for osteoporosis screening and treatment in older adults to compare their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. The goals of this research are to elucidate best strategies to reduce patient morbidity and mortality from osteoporotic fractures.