Barb King, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, FAAN

Position title: Professor, Charlotte Jane and Ralph A. Rodefer Chair, and Center for Aging Research & Education Director


Phone: 608-263-5319

4143 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

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PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing
MS, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Nursing
BA, College of St. Scholastica; Nursing

Barbara King is a Professor in the UW–Madison School of Nursing. Her program of research is focused on improving outcomes of hospitalized older adults. She uses mixed methods in her study designs and has investigated older adult experiences with hospitalization, ambulation recovery post discharge in older adults, impact of fall prevention on acute care nursing, and designed and implemented a multi-component systems-based intervention to improve older adult patient ambulation during a hospital stay.

Research focus areas

Aging and Care for Older Adults

  • Creating innovative solutions for improving aging care and outcomes in the community and across healthcare systems
  • Understanding the impact of multimorbidity, social determinants of health, and health disparities on aging well/healthy aging
  • Enhancing person and family-centered care delivery in hospital environments

Health Systems and Public Health

  • Analyzing complex systems of people, technology, environments, communities, and organizational structures
  • Developing innovative systems to enhance patient experience, improve population health, reduce costs, and support team well-being and performance

Aging & Care for Older Adults      Health Systems & Public Health

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