Megan Colleen McHugh

  • 743 Citations
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Research Interests

Dr. McHugh is a health services researcher with an interest in quality improvement, patient flow and emergency department crowding, the safety net, and health policy/health reform. She has conducted a number of multi-method, multi-site evaluations and directed statistical analyses using data from large national data sets. Currently Dr. McHugh is leading an evaluation of Urgent Matters, a program to improve patient flow and reduce crowding in emergency departments.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, George Washington Un

… → 2008

MPP, College of William and Mary

… → 1999


  • Qualitative research methods
  • Evaluation
  • Public Policy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Healthcare Quality
  • Mixed-methods
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research

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Research Output 2002 2017

  • 743 Citations
  • 49 Article
  • 6 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution

Corporate Philanthropy Toward Community Health Improvement in Manufacturing Communities

McHugh, M., Farley, D., Maechling, C. R., Dunlop, D. D., French, D. D. & Holl, J. L. Dec 7 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Community Health. p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public health
Public Health
1 Citations
uterine cervical neoplasms
systematic review
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms

Emergency department use across 88 small areas after affordable care act implementation in Illinois

Feinglass, J., Cooper, A. J., Rydland, K., Powell, E. S., McHugh, M., Kang, R. & Dresden, S. M. Aug 1 2017 In : Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 18, 5, p. 811-820 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Hospital Emergency Service
Insurance Coverage
Hospital Departments
9 Citations
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Hospital Emergency Service
Confidence Intervals
Health Insurance

Strategies to Identify and Reduce Opioid Misuse Among Patients with Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Systematic Scoping Review

Balbale, S. N., Trivedi, I., O’Dwyer, L. C., McHugh, M. C., Evans, C. T., Jordan, N. & Keefer, L. A. Oct 1 2017 In : Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 62, 10, p. 2668-2685 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Opioid Analgesics
Drug Monitoring
Self Care
Management Audit