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Sarita (Sara) Karon

Sarita (Sara) Karon

Expert on measuring and improving quality of life/quality of care for people receiving long-term care at home or in institutions

Senior scientist, Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis College of Engineering Work: 608-262-6900 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Developing and using measures of quality of life and quality of care, both in home/community-based settings and residential/institutional settings
  • Person-centered long-term care
  • Long-term care access, equity, quality, cost and utilization
  • Program evaluation
  • Disability studies
  • Self determination
  • Medicaid long-term care policy


  • Co-chair, Committee on Women in the University, 2008-10
  • Lead developer of "PEONIES" (Personal Experience Outcomes iNtegrated Interview and Evaluation System) approach to person-centered, outcomes-driven long-term care services and quality measurement
  • Co-developer of nursing home quality indicators now in use nationally
  • Content consultant, “Body and Spirit: Healing Your Way,” a Hmong-language video that helps new Hmong immigrants integrate Western and traditional health practices and beliefs