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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.


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

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Research Output 2002 2017

  • 681 Citations
  • 44 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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

uterine cervical neoplasms
systematic review

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: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Hospital Emergency Service
Insurance Coverage
3 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: Research - peer-reviewReview article

Opioid Analgesics
Drug Monitoring
Self Care
Management Audit