Investigators & Staff

Paul K. J. Han, MD, MA, MPH 2016-11-18T08:55:43+00:00

Paul K. J. Han, MD, MA, MPH

Director, Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE)

 Research Interests

  • Uncertainty in health care
  • Risk Communication
  • Shared decision making

Dr. Han is the Director of CORE, a behavioral and health services researcher, and a board-certified general internist and palliative care physician.  He received an M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine, and an M.A. in Bioethics and an M.P.H. from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed Internal Medicine residency training at UCLA, and a fellowship in cancer prevention and control at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Dr. Han’s research program focuses on understanding and improving the communication and management of uncertainty in health care, and his work bridges the disciplines of health services and behavioral research. His specific research projects focus on risk communication, shared decision making, and predictive modeling, and examine various clinical problems in cancer care, genomic medicine, and palliative and end-of-life care. His clinical activity is in palliative medicine, and he is an attending physician at the Hospice of Southern Maine. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the Maine LungCAPS Initiative, a statewide lung cancer prevention and screening program primarily funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and the Maine Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Han is actively involved in initiatives to promote shared decision making and to teach risk communication skills to medical students and physicians. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Decision Making, and the External Advisory Board of the NCI Cancer Research Network.

A complete list of publications can be found on My NCBI

Han PK, Duarte CW, Daggett S, Siewers A, Killam B, Smith KA, Freedman AN. Effects of personalized colorectal cancer risk information on laypersons’ interest in colorectal cancer screening: the importance of individual differences. Patient Education and Counseling 2015 Oct;98(10):1280-6.  Epub ahead of print

Han PK, Joekes K, Elwyn G, Mazor KM, Thomson R, Sedgwick P, Ibison J, Wong JB. Development and evaluation of a risk communication curriculum for medical students. Patient Education and Counseling 2014;94(1):43-9. PubMed PMID: 24128795.

Han PK, Hootsmans N, Neilson M, Roy B, Kungel T, Gutheil C, Diefenbach M, Hansen M. The value of personalised risk information: a qualitative study of the perceptions of patients with prostate cancer. BMJ Open. 2013;3(9):e003226. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003226.; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3773630.

Han PK, Kobrin S, Breen N, Joseph DA, Li J, Frosch DL, Klabunde CN. National evidence on the use of shared decision making in prostate-specific antigen screening. Annals of Family Medicine. 2013;11(4):306-14. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3704490.

Han PK. Conceptual, methodological, and ethical problems in communicating uncertainty in clinical evidence. Medical Care Research and Review 2013;70(1 Suppl):14S-36S. PubMed PMID: 23132891.

Han PK, Lee MJ, Reeve BB, Mariotto A, Wang Z, Hays RD, Yabroff R, Topor M, Feuer E. Development of a prognostic model for 6-month mortality in older adults with declining health. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2012 Mar;43(3):527-39. Epub 2011 Nov 8.

Han PK, Klein WMP, Lehman TC, Killam B, Massett H, Freedman AN. 2010. Communication of uncertainty regarding individualized cancer risk estimates: effects and influential factors. Medical Decision Making 2011 Mar-Apr;31(2):354-66. Epub 2010 Jul 29.

Han PK, Klein WMP, Arora, NK. 2011. Varieties of uncertainty in health care: a conceptual taxonomy. Medical Decision Making. 2011 Nov-Dec;31(6):828-38. Read article.

Han PK, Moser RP, Reeve BB, Klein WMP. 2009. Aversion to ambiguity regarding medical tests and treatments: measurement, prevalence, and relationship to sociodemographic factors. Journal of Health Communication 14:558-574. Read article.

Han PK, Lehman TC, Massett H, Lee SC, Klein WMP, Freedman AN. 2009. Conceptual problems in laypersons’ understanding of individualized cancer risk: a qualitative study. Health Expectations 12 (1): 4-17. Read abstract