Education & Training

Medical School

University of California San Francisco, Med Sch


Family Medicine

  • University of Missouri Health Care


Geriatric Medicine

  • University of Michigan Medical School

Post Graduate School

Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


American Board of Family Med-Geriatric Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine


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Academic Information

Professor Emeritus
William C. Allen, MD, Endowed Professor


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

P. 573-882-3126

Research Profile

David R. Mehr, MD, MS, is a family physician, geriatrician and health services researcher. He has an extensive history of funded research with a focus on improving care of older adults. He has received four major federal grants, several foundation grants and has been a co-investigator on numerous other projects.

Dr. Mehr’s major studies have included projects on outcomes of lower respiratory infections in nursing home residents, pneumonia as a terminal event in dementia (in collaboration with Dutch researchers), and using health information technology innovations at MU to improve ambulatory chronic illness care. He was awarded a $4.5 million R24 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in September 2013 to develop infrastructure to support patient-centered outcomes research.

Dr. Mehr has more than 100 publications, serves as a standing member on AHRQ and National Institutes of Health study sections, and has been a reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Research Interests

  • Improving ambulatory chronic illness care
  • Improving primary care involvement in end-of-life care
  • Care of patients with dementia and their caregivers at the end of life
  • Infections in nursing home residents
  • Outcomes research

Areas of Expertise

  • Quality improvement
  • Infections in Nursing Home Residents
  • Using Health Information Technology to Improve Care
  • Improving Chronic Disease Care
  • End‐of‐Life Care
  • Clinical Prediction Rules
  • Dementia Care


My Bibliography (NCBI Collections)

  • Predicting Mortality in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia and Pneumonia Treated with Antibiotics: Validation of a Prediction Model in a More Recent Population.
    The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. 2019;74(12):1922-1928.
    Rauh SP, Heymans MW, van der Maaden T, Mehr DR, Kruse RL, de Vet HCW, van der Steen JT.
  • Caregivers’ Experiences Regarding Training and Support in the Post-Acute Home Health-Care Setting.
    Journal of Patient Experience. 2019; DOI: 10.1177/2374373519869156.
    Chase J-AD, Russell D, Rice M, Abbott C, Bowles KH, Mehr DR.
  • Reengineering skilled nursing facility discharge: Analysis of reengineered discharge implementation.
    J Nurs Care Qual. 2019; DOI: 10.1097/ncq.0000000000000413.
    Popejoy LL, Wakefield BJ, Vogelsmeier AA, Galambos CM, Lewis AM, Huneke D, Petroski G, Mehr DR.
  • Lay advisor interventions in rural populations: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2019;57(1):117-126.
    Patil SJ, Lewis M, Tallon EM, Wareg NK, Murray KS, Elliott SG, Stevermer JJ, Kruse RL, Mehr DR.
  • Caregivers’ perceptions managing functional needs among older adults receiving post-acute home health care.
    Research in Gerontological Nursing. 2019;12(4):174-183.
    Chase JAD, Russell D, Rice M, Abbott C, Bowles KH, Mehr DR.
  • Stakeholder perspectives on the biopsychosocial and spiritual realities of living with ALS: implications for palliative care teams.
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2019; DOI: 0.1177/1049909119834493.
    Kukulka K, Washington KT, Govindarajan R, Mehr DR.
  • Adapting project RED to skilled nursing facilities.
    Clinical Nursing Research. 2018; DOI: 10.1177/1054773818819261.
    Popejoy LL, Vogelsmeier AA, Wakefield BJ, Galambos CM, Lewis AM, Huneke D, Mehr DR.
  • Effect of peer support interventions on cardiovascular disease risk factors in adults with diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
    BMC Public Health. 2018;18(1):398.
    Patil SJ, Ruppar T, Koopman RJ, Lindbloom EJ, Elliott SG, Mehr DR, Conn VS.
  • Exploring lived experiences of chronic pain through photo-elicitation and social networking.
    Pain Medicine. 2018;DOI: 10.1093/pm/pny175.
    Rolbiecki AJ, Teti M, Crenshaw B, LeMaster JW, Ordway J, Mehr DR.
  • Hip fractures in patients with advanced dementia: What treatment provides the best palliation?
    JAMA Internal Medicine. 2018;178(6):780-781.
    Mehr DR, Tatum PE, III, Crist BD.
  • Improvement science takes advantage of methods beyond the randomized controlled trial.
    Pediatric Quality & Safety. 2018;3(3):e082.
    Bartman T, DeWalt DA, Johnson DP, Mehr DR, Payne AS, Provost LP.
  • A qualitative exploration of resilience among patients living with chronic pain.
    Traumatology. 2017;23(1):89-94.
    Rolbiecki A, Subramanian R, Crenshaw B, Albright DL, Perreault M, Mehr DR.
  • Medication adherence interventions among hypertensive black adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
    Journal of Hypertension. 2017;35(6):1145-1154.
    Ruppar TM, Dunbar-Jacob JM, Mehr DR, Lewis L, Conn VS.