Christine W Hartmann, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, Bryn Mawr College
MS, Bryn Mawr College



Dr. Hartmann works as a research health scientist at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research at the Bedford VA Medical Center and is a research assistant professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health. Her research uses mixed-methods approaches to improve nursing home safety, quality, and person-centeredness of care. Her PI-funded research portfolio currently comprises 3 large VA studies, all focusing on improving the quality of care in VA community living centers (CLCs–i.e., nursing homes). One aims to refine a strengths-based observational protocol to measure and help CLC staff improve their interactions with residents living in the CLC and improve resident engagement in nursing home life. Another uses a positive deviance approach to help understand how CLCs succeed at transforming their culture to be more person-centered. The third centers on the measurement and improvement of CLC staff attitudes and beliefs about safety and how these interact with the implementation of person-center care. Dr. Hartmann also chairs the VA National CLC Cultural Transformation Steering Committee to help guide policy around person-centered care. She is a former VA Health Services Research and Development service career development award recipient. She has previously taught graduate courses in introductory statistics and research methods and currently teaches seminars on effective writing and presenting. Vanderbilt University Press published her memoir, So Far Away: A Daughter’s Memoir of Life, Loss, and Love in 2011. She is working on 2 other books, a romance novel being marketed by her agent and a non-fiction account (under contract with Vanderbilt) of individuals’ experiences living with glaucoma. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.S.S. and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp



2011 Mount Holyoke College: Dole Fellowship (for writing of book, Losing Sight, Gaining Vision: People Living with Glaucoma)
2009-2014 VA Health Services Research & Development : Career Development Award
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Snow AL, Jacobs ML, Palmer JA, Parmelee PA, Allen RS, Wewiorski NJ, Hilgeman MM, Vinson LD, Berlowitz DR, Halli-Tierney AD, Hartmann CW. Development of a New Tool for Systematic Observation of Nursing Home Resident and Staff Engagement and Relationship. Gerontologist. 2017 May 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28499032; DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnw255;.
  2. Hartmann CW, Solomon J, Palmer JA, Lukas CV. Contextual Facilitators of and Barriers to Nursing Home Pressure Ulcer Prevention. Adv Skin Wound Care. 2016 May; 29(5):226-38; quiz E1.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27089151; PMCID: PMC4932901; DOI: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000482113.18800.1c;.
  3. Hartmann CW, Shwartz M, Zhao S, Palmer JA, Berlowitz DR. Longitudinal Pressure Ulcer Rates After Adoption of Culture Change in Veterans Health Administration Nursing Homes. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Jan; 64(1):151-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26782865; PMCID: PMC4719574; DOI: 10.1111/jgs.13879;.
  4. Hartmann CW, Snow AL, Allen RS, Parmelee PA, Palmer JA, Berlowitz D. A conceptual model for culture change evaluation in nursing homes. Geriatr Nurs. 2013 Sep-Oct; 34(5):388-94.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23850129; DOI: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.05.008;.
  5. Palmer JA, Meterko M, Zhao S, Berlowitz D, Mobley E, Hartmann CW. Nursing home employee perceptions of culture change. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2013 Jul; 6(3):152-60.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23777296; DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20130610-01;.
  6. Hartmann CW, Meterko M, Zhao S, Palmer JA, Berlowitz D. Validation of a novel safety climate instrument in VHA nursing homes. Med Care Res Rev. 2013 Aug; 70(4):400-17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23401063; DOI: 10.1177/1077558712474349;.
  7. Palmer JA, Lee GM, Dutta-Linn MM, Wroe P, Hartmann CW. Including catheter-associated urinary tract infections in the 2008 CMS payment policy: a qualitative analysis. Urol Nurs. 2013 Jan-Feb; 33(1):15-23. PMID: 23556374.
  8. Lee GM, Hartmann CW, Graham D, Kassler W, Dutta Linn M, Krein S, Saint S, Goldmann DA, Fridkin S, Horan T, Jernigan J, Jha A. Perceived impact of the Medicare policy to adjust payment for health care-associated infections. Am J Infect Control. 2012 May; 40(4):314-9. PMID: 22541855; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.11.003;.
  9. Christine W. Hartmann. So Far Away: A Daughter's Memoir of Life, Loss, and Love. Vanderbilt University Press. Nashville. 2011; 224. View Publication
  10. Hoff T, Hartmann CW, Soerensen C, Wroe P, Dutta-Linn M, Lee G. Making the CMS payment policy for healthcare-associated infections work: organizational factors that matter. J Healthc Manag. 2011 Sep-Oct; 56(5):319-35; discussion 335-6. PMID: 21991680.
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Bar chart showing 25 publications over 13 distinct years, with a maximum of 4 publications in 2009 and 2013

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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Culture change
Long-term care
Nursing homes
Patient/resident safety
Quality of care
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