Faculty Profile

Olga Yakusheva

Olga Yakusheva, PhD, MSE

  • Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Professor, Systems Populations and Leadership, School of Nursing

Dr. Yakusheva is an economist with research interests in health economics and health services research. Her area of expertise is econometric methods for causal inference, data architecture, and secondary analyses of big data.

The primary focus of Dr. Yakusheva's research is the study the work of nurses. She is a nationally-recognized leading expert in linking individual clinicians' and individual patients' data from hospitals' electronic clinical, operational, and human resource databases. Using natural experiments and other quasi-experimental econometric approaches and individually linked clinician-patient data, Dr. Yakusheva has examined health spillovers among hospitalized patients, the role of education for nurse performance, the link between patient's hospitalization outcomes and the nurses assigned to the patient's care, and other aspects of the quality of nursing care and patient outcomes. Original data for these projects have come from Dr. Yakusheva's unique partnerships with over 100 hospitals in the US and internationally.

Currently, Dr. Yakusheva is a Principal Investigator on 5-year federally-funded study to improve the process of assigning clinicians (nurses, physicians, and others) to patients in intensive care units and a 3-year project to examine the effect of specialty nurse certifications on patient outcomes. Dr. Yakusheva has devoted a large part of her research to examining the value of nurse labor to patients and hospitals and nurse compensation in value-based care. She is a lead author of a 6-part series on value-informed nursing practice recently published in Nursing Outlook. Dr. Yakusheva is an associate editor of the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the top nursing journal in the US and internationally.

  • Post-Doctoral Training, Health Services Research, Yale University, 2012
  • PhD, Economics, University of Illinois, Champaign, 2005
  • MS, Economics, University of Illinois, Champaign, 1998
  • BS, Mathematics, Kazakh State University, 1995

Health economics, Nurse value, Nurse staffing, and Research methods

Research Projects:
NIH/AHRQ R01 HS028438-A1. 8/2022-7/2027. Yakusheva (PD/PI) "A quality and cost analysis of interprofessional team continuity in ICUs."

ANF/ANCC Large Original Research Grant. 6/2021-5/2024. Yakusheva (PD/MPI) Costa (MPI) "The impact of specialty nursing certification on patient outcomes and costs in acute care: An individual value-added performance analysis."

NIH/NHLBI R01 Kerlin (PI) 6/2020-5/2025 "Economic modeling to understand the relationship between physicians and outcomes among mechanically ventilated patients." Yakusheva, O (Co-I, UM PD/PI)

American Thoracic Society. Yakusheva (PD/MPI) Costa (MPI). 2021-2022. Examining optimal ICU team composition in adult critical care units: A mixed methods study.

Yakusheva O, and Buerhaus, P. 2022. Value-informed nursing practice: why must we think about the practice of nursing differently? 2022 Aug 3;S0029-6554(22)00111-7. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2022.06.008.

Yakusheva O, Bang J, Costa L, Hughes R, Weiss MA. Non-linear association of nurse staffing with readmissions uncovered in machine learning analysis. Health Services Research. 2022 Health Serv Res. 2022 Apr;57(2):311-321

Yakusheva O, Weiss ME, Bobay KL, Costa L, Hughes RG, Hamilton M, Bang J, and P Buerhaus. Individual Nurse Performance in Preparing Patients for Discharge is Associated with the Patient Likelihood of 30-day Readmission 2019. Medical Care, in press.

Yakusheva O, Rambur B, Buerhaus PI. Value-Informed Nursing Practice Can Help Reset the Hospital-Nurse Relationship. JAMA Health Forum. 2020;1(8):e200931. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2020.0931

Yakusheva O. Health Spillovers among Hospital Patients: Evidence from Roommate Assignments. Am J of Health Econ. Winter 2017 p.76-107.

Yakusheva O., R. Lindrooth and M.E. Weis. Nurse Value Added and Patient Outcomes in Acute Care. Health Services Research Nov 2014, 49(6):1767-1786.

Email: yakush@umich.edu
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Areas of Expertise: Health Care,  Health Policy,  Precision Health