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Barbara G. Bokhour, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Law, Policy & Management
Address200 Springs Rd
Bedford MA 01730
Phone(781) 687-2862
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-8238-0745
Other Positions
InstitutionBedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Bokhour is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Boston University School of Public Health and Senior Research Health Scientist at the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research at the Bedford VA. Dr. Bokhour is an expert in the use of qualitative research methods for health services research. She applies her expertise to research involving the practices of health professionals, patient-provider communication and the effect of culture on communication, racial and ethnic disparities in health, and the lives of individuals with chronic illness. In addition, she has expertise in the use of qualitative methods in implementation research, leading the qualitative core of the HIV/Hepatitis Quality Enhancement Research Initiative at the Bedford VA. Dr. Barbara Bokhour is leading and collaborating in several studies that demonstrate the usefulness of qualitative methods to improve self-management of chronic illness and patient-provider communication in health care. Dr. Bokhour has led studies on the roles of patients’ explanatory models and daily context on self-management of chronic illnesses such as child asthma and hypertension, and on patient-provider communication about adherence in asthma, hypertension and HIV. She is Co-PI on a current study utilizing patient stories to improve hypertension management among African-American Veterans with hypertension. In addition, Dr. Bokhour has recently used qualitative methods to examine barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence based practices in clinical settings. Dr. Bokhour teaches a course in qualitative research methods for health services research.She holds a PhD in psychology and discourse studies from Clark University.

 Publications
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  1. Maguire EM, Bokhour BG, Wagner TH, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Elwy AR. Evaluating the implementation of a national disclosure policy for large-scale adverse events in an integrated health care system: identification of gaps and successes. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Nov 11; 16(1):648. PMID: 27835983.
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  2. Linsky A, Simon SR, Stolzmann K, Bokhour BG, Meterko M. Prescribers' perceptions of medication discontinuation: survey instrument development and validation. Am J Manag Care. 2016 Nov; 22(11):747-754. PMID: 27870547.
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  3. Elwy AR, Itani KM, Bokhour BG, Mueller NM, Glickman ME, Zhao S, Rosen AK, Lynge D, Perkal M, Brotschi EA, Sanchez VM, Gallagher TH. Surgeons' Disclosures of Clinical Adverse Events. JAMA Surg. 2016 Nov 01; 151(11):1015-1021. PMID: 27438083.
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  4. Richardson KK, Bokhour B, McInnes DK, Yakovchenko V, Okwara L, Midboe AM, Skolnik A, Vaughan-Sarrazin M, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Ohl ME. Racial Disparities in HIV Care Extend to Common Comorbidities: Implications for Implementation of Interventions to Reduce Disparities in HIV Care. J Natl Med Assoc. 2016 Winter; 108(4):201-210.e3. PMID: 27979005.
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  5. Bokhour BG, Fix GM, Gordon HS, Long JA, DeLaughter K, Orner MB, Pope C, Houston TK. Can stories influence African-American patients' intentions to change hypertension management behaviors? A randomized control trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Sep; 99(9):1482-8. PMID: 27387121.
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  6. Elwy AR, Glickman ME, Bokhour BG, Dell NS, Mueller NM, Zhao S, Osei-Bonsu PE, Rodrigues S, Coldwell CM, Ngo TA, Schlosser J, Vielhauer MJ, Pirraglia PA, Eisen SV. Using Mixed Methods to Examine the Role of Veterans' Illness Perceptions on Depression Treatment Utilization and HEDIS Concordance. Med Care. 2016 Jun; 54(6):e35-42. PMID: 24374425.
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  7. Maguire EM, Bokhour BG, Asch SM, Wagner TH, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Elwy AR. Disclosing large scale adverse events in the US Veterans Health Administration: lessons from media responses. Public Health. 2016 Jun; 135:75-82. PMID: 27026251.
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  8. Manze MG, McCloskey L, Bokhour BG, Paasche-Orlow MK, Parker VA. The perceived role of clinicians in pregnancy prevention among young Black women. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2016 Jun; 8:19-24. PMID: 27179373.
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  9. Kressin NR, Long JA, Glickman ME, Bokhour BG, Orner MB, Clark C, Rothendler JA, Berlowitz DR. A Brief, Multifaceted, Generic Intervention to Improve Blood Pressure Control and Reduce Disparities Had Little Effect. Ethn Dis. 2016 Jan 21; 26(1):27-36. PMID: 26843793.
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  10. Bokhour BG, Kressin NR. What Is in a Name? How Biomedical Language May Derail Patient Understanding of Hypertension. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2015 Jul; 8(4):452-4. PMID: 26152679.
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  11. Locatelli SM, Hill JN, Bokhour BG, Krejci L, Fix GM. Provider perspectives on and experiences with engagement of patients and families in implementing patient-centered care. Healthc (Amst). 2015 Dec; 3(4):209-14. PMID: 26699345.
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  12. Wagner TH, Taylor T, Cowgill E, Asch SM, Su P, Bokhour B, Durfee J, Martinello RA, Maguire E, Elwy AR. Intended and unintended effects of large-scale adverse event disclosure: a controlled before-after analysis of five large-scale notifications. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 May; 24(5):295-302. PMID: 25882785.
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  13. Linsky A, Simon SR, Marcello TB, Bokhour B. Clinical provider perceptions of proactive medication discontinuation. Am J Manag Care. 2015 Apr; 21(4):277-83. PMID: 26014466.
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  14. Bokhour BG, Saifu H, Goetz MB, Fix GM, Burgess J, Fletcher MD, Knapp H, Asch SM. The role of evidence and context for implementing a multimodal intervention to increase HIV testing. Implement Sci. 2015; 10:22. PMID: 25889388.
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  15. Bokhour BG, Saifu H, Goetz MB, Fix GM, Burgess J, Fletcher MD, Knapp H, Asch SM. The role of evidence and context for implementing a multimodal intervention to increase HIV testing. Implement Sci. 2015 Dec; 10(1):214. PMID: 25776781.
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  16. Musser B, Wilkinson J, Gilbert T, Bokhour BG. Changes in identity after aphasic stroke: implications for primary care. Int J Family Med. 2015; 2015:970345. PMID: 25685553.
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  17. McDoom MM, Bokhour B, Sullivan M, Drainoni ML. How older black women perceive the effects of stigma and social support on engagement in HIV care. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2015 Feb; 29(2):95-101. PMID: 25494607.
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  18. Elwy AR, Bokhour BG, Maguire EM, Wagner TH, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Gallagher TH, Durfee JM, Martinello RA, Schiffner S, Jesse RL. Improving healthcare systems' disclosures of large-scale adverse events: a Department of Veterans Affairs leadership, policymaker, research and stakeholder partnership. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Dec; 29 Suppl 4:895-903. PMID: 25355090.
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  19. Linsky A, Simon SR, Bokhour B. Patient perceptions of proactive medication discontinuation. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Feb; 98(2):220-5. PMID: 25435516.
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  20. Fix GM, Asch SM, Saifu HN, Fletcher MD, Gifford AL, Bokhour BG. Delivering PACT-principled care: are specialty care patients being left behind? J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jul; 29 Suppl 2:S695-702. PMID: 24715390.
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  21. Osei-Bonsu PE, Bokhour BG, Glickman ME, Rodrigues S, Mueller NM, Dell NS, Zhao S, Eisen SV, Elwy AR. The role of coping in depression treatment utilization for VA primary care patients. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Mar; 94(3):396-402. PMID: 24315160.
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  22. Solomon JL, Gifford AL, Asch SM, Meuller N, Thomas CM, Stevens JM, Bokhour BG. How do providers prioritize prevention? A qualitative study. Am J Manag Care. 2013 Oct; 19(10):e342-7. PMID: 24304181.
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  23. Fix GM, Cohn ES, Solomon JL, Cortés DE, Mueller N, Kressin NR, Borzecki A, Katz LA, Bokhour BG. The role of comorbidities in patients' hypertension self-management. Chronic Illn. 2014 Jun; 10(2):81-92. PMID: 23892774.
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  24. Solomon JL, Bokhour BG, Butler J, Golden JF, Hare K, Kertz B, Kan V, Rodriguez-Barradas M, Knapp H, Anaya HD. Sustaining nurse-rapid HIV testing in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: lessons learned from a comparative evaluation. J Healthc Qual. 2014 Sep-Oct; 36(5):26-31. PMID: 23731235.
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  25. Anaya HD, Butler JN, Solomon JL, Knapp H, Hoang T, Kan V, Rodriguez-Barradas MC, Hare KA, Kertz B, Bokhour B. Implementation of nurse-initiated rapid HIV testing at high-prevalence primary care sites within the U.S. Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Sex Transm Dis. 2013 Apr; 40(4):341-5. PMID: 23486502.
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  26. McInnes DK, Solomon JL, Shimada SL, Petrakis BA, Bokhour BG, Asch SM, Nazi KM, Houston TK, Gifford AL. Development and evaluation of an internet and personal health record training program for low-income patients with HIV or hepatitis C. Med Care. 2013 Mar; 51(3 Suppl 1):S62-6. PMID: 23407015.
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  27. Wilkinson J, Dreyfus D, Bowen D, Bokhour B. Patient and provider views on the use of medical services by women with intellectual disabilities. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2013 Nov; 57(11):1058-67. PMID: 22974084.
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  28. Bokhour BG, Cohn ES, Cortés DE, Solomon JL, Fix GM, Elwy AR, Mueller N, Katz LA, Haidet P, Green AR, Borzecki AM, Kressin NR. The role of patients' explanatory models and daily-lived experience in hypertension self-management. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Dec; 27(12):1626-34. PMID: 22821569.
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  29. Fix GM, Houston TK, Barker AM, Wexler L, Cook N, Volkman JE, Bokhour BG. A novel process for integrating patient stories into patient education interventions: incorporating lessons from theater arts. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Sep; 88(3):455-9. PMID: 22770814.
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  30. Dossa A, Bokhour B, Hoenig H. Care transitions from the hospital to home for patients with mobility impairments: patient and family caregiver experiences. Rehabil Nurs. 2012 Nov-Dec; 37(6):277-85. PMID: 23212952.
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  31. Wilkinson J, Dreyfus D, Cerreto M, Bokhour B. "Sometimes I feel overwhelmed": educational needs of family physicians caring for people with intellectual disability. Intellect Dev Disabil. 2012 Jun; 50(3):243-50. PMID: 22731973.
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  32. Fix GM, Bokhour BG. Understanding the context of patient experiences in order to explore adherence to secondary prevention guidelines after heart surgery. Chronic Illn. 2012 Dec; 8(4):265-77. PMID: 22387691.
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  33. Rose AJ, Petrakis BA, Callahan P, Mambourg S, Patel D, Hylek EM, Bokhour BG. Organizational characteristics of high- and low-performing anticoagulation clinics in the Veterans Health Administration. Health Serv Res. 2012 Aug; 47(4):1541-60. PMID: 22299722.
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  34. Ellison ML, Mueller L, Smelson D, Corrigan PW, Torres Stone RA, Bokhour BG, Najavits LM, Vessella JM, Drebing C. Supporting the education goals of post-9/11 veterans with self-reported PTSD symptoms: a needs assessment. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2012; 35(3):209-17. PMID: 22246119.
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  35. Cohn ES, Cortés DE, Fix G, Mueller N, Solomon JL, Bokhour BG. Habits and routines in the daily management of hypertension. J Health Psychol. 2012 Sep; 17(6):845-55. PMID: 22108291.
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  36. McInnes DK, Solomon JL, Bokhour BG, Asch SM, Ross D, Nazi KM, Gifford AL. Use of electronic personal health record systems to encourage HIV screening: an exploratory study of patient and provider perspectives. BMC Res Notes. 2011; 4:295. PMID: 21843313.
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  37. Anaya HD, Bokhour B, Feld J, Golden JF, Asch SM, Knapp H. Implementation of routine rapid HIV testing within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. J Healthc Qual. 2012 Sep-Oct; 34(5):7-14. PMID: 22060061.
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  38. Wilkinson JE, Deis CE, Bowen DJ, Bokhour BG. 'It's easier said than done': perspectives on mammography from women with intellectual disabilities. Ann Fam Med. 2011 Mar-Apr; 9(2):142-7. PMID: 21403141.
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  39. Yinusa-Nyahkoon LS, Cohn ES, Cortes DE, Bokhour BG. Ecological barriers and social forces in childhood asthma management: examining routines of African American families living in the inner city. J Asthma. 2010 Sep; 47(7):701-10. PMID: 20726827.
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  40. Young G, Meterko M, White B, Sautter K, Bokhour B, Baker E, Silver J. Pay-for-performance in safety net settings: issues, opportunities, and challenges for the future. J Healthc Manag. 2010 Mar-Apr; 55(2):132-41; discussion 141-2. PMID: 20402368.
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  41. Galbraith AA, Smith LA, Bokhour B, Miroshnik IL, Sawicki GS, Glauber JH, Hohman KH, Gay C, Lieu TA. Asthma care quality for children with minority-serving providers. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Jan; 164(1):38-45. PMID: 20048240.
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  42. Bokhour BG, Solomon JL, Knapp H, Asch SM, Gifford AL. Barriers and facilitators to routine HIV testing in VA primary care. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Oct; 24(10):1109-14. PMID: 19690923.
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  43. Cohn ES, Cortés DE, Hook JM, Yinusa-Nyahkoon LS, Solomon JL, Bokhour B. A narrative of resistance: presentation of self when parenting children with asthma. Commun Med. 2009; 6(1):27-37. PMID: 19798833.
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  44. Bokhour BG, Pugh MJ, Rao JK, Avetisyan R, Berlowitz DR, Kazis LE. Improving methods for measuring quality of care: a patient-centered approach in chronic disease. Med Care Res Rev. 2009 Apr; 66(2):147-66. PMID: 19074307.
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  45. Hope OA, Zeber JE, Kressin NR, Bokhour BG, Vancott AC, Cramer JA, Amuan ME, Knoefel JE, Pugh MJ. New-onset geriatric epilepsy care: Race, setting of diagnosis, and choice of antiepileptic drug. Epilepsia. 2009 May; 50(5):1085-93. PMID: 19054416.
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  46. Smith LA, Bokhour B, Hohman KH, Miroshnik I, Kleinman KP, Cohn E, Cortés DE, Galbraith A, Rand C, Lieu TA. Modifiable risk factors for suboptimal control and controller medication underuse among children with asthma. Pediatrics. 2008 Oct; 122(4):760-9. PMID: 18829799.
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  47. Wu AC, Smith L, Bokhour B, Hohman KH, Lieu TA. Racial/Ethnic variation in parent perceptions of asthma. Ambul Pediatr. 2008 Mar-Apr; 8(2):89-97. PMID: 18355737.
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  48. Sawicki GS, Smith L, Bokhour B, Gay C, Hohman KH, Galbraith AA, Lieu TA. Periodic use of inhaled steroids in children with mild persistent asthma: what are pediatricians recommending? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Jun; 47(5):446-51. PMID: 18192640.
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  49. Bokhour BG, Cohn ES, Cortés DE, Yinusa-Nyahkoon LS, Hook JM, Smith LA, Rand CS, Lieu TA. Patterns of concordance and non-concordance with clinician recommendations and parents' explanatory models in children with asthma. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Mar; 70(3):376-85. PMID: 18162357.
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  50. Pugh MJ, Berlowitz DR, Montouris G, Bokhour B, Cramer JA, Bohm V, Bollinger M, Helmers S, Ettinger A, Meador KJ, Fountain N, Boggs J, Tatum WO, Knoefel J, Harden C, Mattson RH, Kazis L. What constitutes high quality of care for adults with epilepsy? Neurology. 2007 Nov 20; 69(21):2020-7. PMID: 17928576.
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  51. Young GJ, Meterko M, White B, Bokhour BG, Sautter KM, Berlowitz D, Burgess JF. Physician attitudes toward pay-for-quality programs: perspectives from the front line. Med Care Res Rev. 2007 Jun; 64(3):331-43. PMID: 17507461.
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  52. Young GJ, Meterko M, Beckman H, Baker E, White B, Sautter KM, Greene R, Curtin K, Bokhour BG, Berlowitz D, Burgess JF. Effects of paying physicians based on their relative performance for quality. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jun; 22(6):872-6. PMID: 17443360.
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  53. Kressin NR, Wang F, Long J, Bokhour BG, Orner MB, Rothendler J, Clark C, Reddy S, Kozak W, Kroupa LP, Berlowitz DR. Hypertensive patients' race, health beliefs, process of care, and medication adherence. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jun; 22(6):768-74. PMID: 17364243.
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  54. Sautter KM, Bokhour BG, White B, Young GJ, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D, Wheeler JR. The early experience of a hospital-based pay-for-performance program. J Healthc Manag. 2007 Mar-Apr; 52(2):95-107; discussion 107-8. PMID: 17447537.
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  55. Bokhour BG, Powel LL, Clark JA. No less a man: reconstructing identity after prostate cancer. Commun Med. 2007; 4(1):99-109. PMID: 17714047.
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  56. Meterko M, Young GJ, White B, Bokhour BG, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D, Guldin MR, Nealon Seibert M. Provider attitudes toward pay-for-performance programs: development and validation of a measurement instrument. Health Serv Res. 2006 Oct; 41(5):1959-78. PMID: 16987311.
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  57. Bokhour BG. Communication in interdisciplinary team meetings: what are we talking about? J Interprof Care. 2006 Aug; 20(4):349-63. PMID: 16905484.
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  58. Bokhour BG, Berlowitz DR, Long JA, Kressin NR. How do providers assess antihypertensive medication adherence in medical encounters? J Gen Intern Med. 2006 Jun; 21(6):577-83. PMID: 16808739.
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  59. Bokhour BG, Burgess JF, Hook JM, White B, Berlowitz D, Guldin MR, Meterko M, Young GJ. Incentive implementation in physician practices: A qualitative study of practice executive perspectives on pay for performance. Med Care Res Rev. 2006 Feb; 63(1 Suppl):73S-95S. PMID: 16688925.
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  60. Young GJ, White B, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D, Meterko M, Guldin MR, Bokhour BG. Conceptual issues in the design and implementation of pay-for-quality programs. Am J Med Qual. 2005 May-Jun; 20(3):144-50. PMID: 15951520.
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  61. McCoy LK, Hermos JA, Bokhour BG, Frayne SM. Conceptual bases of Christian, faith-based substance abuse rehabilitation programs: qualitative analysis of staff interviews. Subst Abus. 2004 Sep; 25(3):1-11. PMID: 16150675.
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  62. Clark JA, Inui TS, Silliman RA, Bokhour BG, Krasnow SH, Robinson RA, Spaulding M, Talcott JA. Patients' perceptions of quality of life after treatment for early prostate cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2003 Oct 15; 21(20):3777-84. PMID: 14551296.
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  63. Clark JA, Bokhour BG, Inui TS, Silliman RA, Talcott JA. Measuring patients' perceptions of the outcomes of treatment for early prostate cancer. Med Care. 2003 Aug; 41(8):923-36. PMID: 12886172.
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  64. Bokhour BG, Clark JA, Inui TS, Silliman RA, Talcott JA. Sexuality after treatment for early prostate cancer: exploring the meanings of "erectile dysfunction". J Gen Intern Med. 2001 Oct; 16(10):649-55. PMID: 11679031.
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