Gemmae M. Fix, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, Stony Brook University
MA, Stony Brook University



Dr. Gemmae Fix is an Applied Medical Anthropologist with postdoctoral training in Health Services Research. She uses ethnographic methods, including interview and observation, to understand patient and provider behaviors and examine patients’ illness experiences. In particular, her work focuses on patients' experiences of chronic, co-occurring conditions (comorbidities). Dr. Fix has worked on studies investigating patient-centered care initiatives and HIV care. Her VA-funded Career Development Award uses an ethnographic approach to understand the life context of aging Veterans with HIV.

2017-2018 Boston University School of Medicine: Academy for Faculty Advancement, Early Career Program
2016-2021 US Department of Veteran Affairs: 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. Fix GM, Bolton RE, Bokhour BG. Challenges in Implementing Personalized Care Planning. JAMA. 2017 11 07; 318(17):1713. PMID: 29114825; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2017.14254;.
  2. McIntosh N, Fix GM, Allsup K, Charns M, McDannold S, Manning K, Forman DE. A Qualitative Study of Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in an Integrated Health Care System. Mil Med. 2017 Sep; 182(9):e1757-e1763. PMID: 28885933; DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-17-00053;.
  3. Shimada SL, Petrakis BA, Rothendler JA, Zirkle M, Zhao S, Feng H, Fix GM, Ozkaynak M, Martin T, Johnson SA, Tulu B, Gordon HS, Simon SR, Woods SS. An analysis of patient-provider secure messaging at two Veterans Health Administration medical centers: message content and resolution through secure messaging. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Sep 01; 24(5):942-949.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28371896; DOI: 10.1093/jamia/ocx021;.
  4. Houston TK, Fix GM, Shimada SL, Long JA, Gordon HS, Pope C, Volkman J, Allison JJ, DeLaughter K, Orner M, Bokhour BG. African American Veterans Storytelling: A Multisite Randomized Trial to Improve Hypertension. Med Care. 2017 Sep; 55 Suppl 9 Suppl 2:S50-S58.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28806366; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000766;.
  5. Fix GM, VanDeusen Lukas C, Bolton RE, Hill JN, Mueller N, LaVela SL, Bokhour BG. Patient-centred care is a way of doing things: How healthcare employees conceptualize patient-centred care. Health Expect. 2017 Aug 25.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28841264; DOI: 10.1111/hex.12615;.
  6. Fix GM, Hogan TP, Amante DJ, McInnes DK, Nazi KM, Simon SR. Encouraging Patient Portal Use in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Three Stakeholder Perspectives. J Med Internet Res. 2016 Nov 22; 18(11):e308.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27876686.
  7. Forman DE, Fix GM, McDannold S, McIntosh N, Schopfer DW, Whooley MA, Charns MP. Decisive Bearing of Organizational Dynamics on the Application and Success of Hospital-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation. Mayo Clin Proc. 2016 Jul; 91(7):975-7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27378045; DOI: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.04.019;.
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27387121; DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.06.024;.
  9. Klein DM, Fix GM, Hogan TP, Simon SR, Nazi KM, Turvey CL. Use of the Blue Button Online Tool for Sharing Health Information: Qualitative Interviews With Patients and Providers. J Med Internet Res. 2015; 17(8):e199. PMID: 26286139; PMCID: PMC4736289; DOI: 10.2196/jmir.4595;.
  10. McInnes DK, Fix GM, Solomon JL, Petrakis BA, Sawh L, Smelson DA. Preliminary needs assessment of mobile technology use for healthcare among homeless veterans. PeerJ. 2015; 3:e1096.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26246964; DOI: 10.7717/peerj.1096;.
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Chronic illness
Ethnography
Patient-Centered Care
Qualitative methods
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