Anne Deutsch

Anne Deutsch, RN, PhD, CRRN

Research Scientist
Research Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

My Lab

Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR)

This lab focuses on outcome studies, measuring the long-term impact of medical rehabilitation in patients with disabilities.

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About Me

Anne Deutsch has worked as a Research Scientist in Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research for 11 years. Anne also holds an appointment as a Senior Research Public Health Analyst at RTI International. Anne's research focuses on the development and implementation of quality measures and Medicare post-acute care payment reform. She has been involved in the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System, and she led the research team that developed the functional status quality measures that are used in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1982 - 1986
    Nursing, University of Cincinnati
    1988 - 1992
    Nursing, State University of New York at Buffalo
    1995 - 2003
    Epidemiology and Community Health, State University of New York at Buffalo


    2003 - 2005
    Health Services Research and Policy, Northwestern University

Recent Publications

Trends in the characteristics and outcomes of older patients with non-traumatic spinal cord injury treated in inpatient rehabilitation facilities: 2013-2018.
Deutsch A, Burns J, Potelle J, Kessler A
The journal of spinal cord medicine
doi: 10.1080/10790268.2024.2335414
Characteristics and Outcomes of Medicare Patients Treated in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities: 2013-2018.
Deutsch A, Palmer L, Neumann H, Potelle J, Ignaczak M, McMullen T, Ingber MJ
Rehabilitation nursing : the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
doi: 10.1097/RNJ.0000000000000412
Hospital Transfer Rates among Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents: Variation by Day of the Week.
Feng Z, Vadnais A, Huber B, Deutsch A, Li Q, Bercaw L, Ingber MJ, Segelman M, Khatutsky G, Sroczynski N, Xu L
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2023.06.018
Reliability and Validity of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Standardized Self-Care and Mobility Data Elements Among Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents.
Marino M, Deutsch A, Kline T, Smith A, Li Q, Beizer J, McMullen T
Research in gerontological nursing
doi: 10.3928/19404921-20240112-01
Quality Measure Concepts for Inpatient Rehabilitation That Are Best Understood From the Patient's Perspective.
Deutsch A, Neumann H, Goldsmith A, Heinemann AW, Ehrlich-Jones L
Rehabilitation nursing : the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
doi: 10.1097/RNJ.0000000000000385
The use of patient experience feedback in rehabilitation quality improvement and codesign activities: Scoping review of the literature.
Jesus TS, Stern BZ, Struhar J, Deutsch A, Heinemann AW
Clinical rehabilitation
doi: 10.1177/02692155221126690

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
    Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 2022
  • Doctorate-Prepared Researcher Role Award
    Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 2018
  • Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
    American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2015
  • Alumni Legacy Award for Outstanding Career Achievement
    University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing, 2015
  • Distinguished Service Award
    Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 2012
  • President’s Award
    Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 2011
  • Magnuson Management Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2009
  • Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award
    American Congree of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2009

Research Interests

  • Measuring health care quality
  • Post-acute care payment reform

Selected Grants

  • Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
    NIDILRR grant 90SIMS0015, 2021 - 2026
  • Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) on Home and Community Based Services
    NIDILRR grant 90RTGE0004, 2020 - 2025
  • International Exploration of Rehabilitation Length of Stay Following Spinal Cord Injury
    NIDILRR grant 90DPHF0012, 2023 - 2028