M.S. Public Health, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2008
Petra's current research involves how do organizational characteristics of hospitals influence the use of life sustaining technology and how do treatment decisions affect health care costs in return. In addressing these questions, the study contributes to our understanding of the factors that shape the use of advance directives, the relationship between hospital ownership, treatment constraints, and health care costs, the relationship between doctors' decision-making discretion and hospital protocols, and the debate about religious doctrine as the basis for patient care. The study hypothesizes that religious hospitals’ ambiguous treatment protocol regarding DNR orders increases the likelihood of attending physician’s noncompliance with advance directives. She is currently working on research concerning the institutional and organizational influences on public policy.