Last Name

Christine W Hartmann, PhD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Policy & Management
Address200 Springs Rd
Bedford MA 01730
Phone(781) 687-2738
Other Positions
InstitutionBedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp

 Awards and Honors

2011Mount Holyoke College: Dole Fellowship (for writing of book, Losing Sight, Gaining Vision: People Living with Glaucoma)
2009-2014VA Health Services Research & Development : Career Development Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Culture change
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes
  • Patient/resident safety
  • Quality of care
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  1. 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.
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  2. 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 in: PubMed
  3. 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 in: PubMed
  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
    View in: PubMed
  6. Christine W. Hartmann. So Far Away: A Daughter's Memoir of Life, Loss, and Love. Vanderbilt University Press. Nashville. 2011; 224.
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  7. 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.
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  8. Hartmann CW, Hoff T, Palmer JA, Wroe P, Dutta-Linn MM, Lee G. The Medicare policy of payment adjustment for health care-associated infections: perspectives on potential unintended consequences. Med Care Res Rev. 2012 Feb; 69(1):45-61.
    View in: PubMed
  9. Hartmann CW. Live as if you'll die today. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Sep; 25(9):993-4.
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  10. Ramaswamy R, Maio V, Diamond JJ, Talati AR, Hartmann CW, Arenson C, Roehl B. Potentially inappropriate prescribing in elderly: assessing doctor knowledge, confidence and barriers. J Eval Clin Pract. 2011 Dec; 17(6):1153-9.
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  11. Singer SJ, Falwell A, Gaba DM, Meterko M, Rosen A, Hartmann CW, Baker L. Identifying organizational cultures that promote patient safety. Health Care Manage Rev. 2009 Oct-Dec; 34(4):300-11.
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  12. Singer SJ, Hartmann CW, Hanchate A, Zhao S, Meterko M, Shokeen P, Lin S, Gaba DM, Rosen AK. Comparing safety climate between two populations of hospitals in the United States. Health Serv Res. 2009 Oct; 44(5 Pt 1):1563-83.
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  13. Kaafarani HM, Itani KM, Rosen AK, Zhao S, Hartmann CW, Gaba DM. How does patient safety culture in the operating room and post-anesthesia care unit compare to the rest of the hospital? Am J Surg. 2009 Jul; 198(1):70-5.
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  14. Hartmann CW, Meterko M, Rosen AK. Relationship of hospital organizational culture to patient safety climate in the Veterans Health Administration. Med Care Res Rev. 2009 Jun; 66(3):320-38.
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  15. Hartmann CW, Rosen AK, Meterko M, Shokeen P, Zhao S, Singer S, Falwell A, Gaba DM. An overview of patient safety climate in the VA. Health Serv Res. 2008 Aug; 43(4):1263-84.
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  16. Hartmann CW, Sciamanna CN, Blanch DC, Mui S, Lawless H, Manocchia M, Rosen RK, Pietropaoli A. A website to improve asthma care by suggesting patient questions for physicians: qualitative analysis of user experiences. J Med Internet Res. 2007; 9(1):e3.
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  17. Hartmann CW, Rhee DJ. The patient's journey: glaucoma. BMJ. 2006 Oct 7; 333(7571):738-9.
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  18. Maio V, Hartmann CW, Poston S, Liu-Chen X, Diamond J, Arenson C. Potentially inappropriate prescribing for elderly patients in 2 outpatient settings. Am J Med Qual. 2006 May-Jun; 21(3):162-8.
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  19. Hartmann CW, Maio V, Goldfarb NI, Cobb N, Nash DB. Asthma management programs in managed care organizations. Dis Manag. 2005 Dec; 8(6):339-45.
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  20. Maio V, Hartmann CW, Goldfarb NI, Roumm AR, Nash DB. Are employers pursuing value-based purchasing? Benefits Q. 2005; 21(3):20-9.
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  21. Goldfarb N, Weston C, Hartmann CW, Sikirica M, Crawford A, He H, Howell J, Maio V, Clarke J, Nuthulaganti B, Cobb N. Impact of appropriate pharmaceutical therapy for chronic conditions on direct medical costs and workplace productivity: a review of the literature. Dis Manag. 2004; 7(1):61-75.
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  22. Hartmann CW, Goldfarb NI, Kim SS, Nuthulaganti BR, Seifeldin R. Care management for persistent pain: an introduction. Dis Manag. 2003; 6(2):103-10.
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