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Gemmae M. Fix, PhD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Law, Policy & Management
AddressEdith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road
Bedford MA 01730
Phone(781) 687-3368
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-6055-4177
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
I am an Applied Medical Anthropologist with postdoctoral training in Health Services Research. I use ethnographic methods, including interview and direct observation, to understand patient and provider behaviors and examine patients’ experiences of illness. In particular, my work focuses on patients' experiences of chronic, co-occurring conditions (comorbidities). I have worked on studies investigating patient-centered care initiatives and HIV care. My VA-funded Career Development Award uses an ethnographic approach to understand the daily life context of aging Veterans with HIV and comorbidities, with the goal of developing a patient-centered intervention.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Ethnography
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Qualitative methods
  • Chronic illness
 Publications
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  1. 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 Mar 24. PMID: 28371896.
    View in: PubMed
  2. 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. PMID: 27876686.
    View in: PubMed
  3. 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. PMID: 27378045.
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  4. 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.
    View in: PubMed
  5. 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.
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  6. 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. PMID: 26246964.
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  7. Locatelli SM, Hill JN, Bokhour BG, Krejci L, Fix GM, Nora Mueller, Solomon JL, Van Deusen Lukas C, LaVela SL. 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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  8. 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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  9. Ozkaynak M, Johnson S, Shimada S, Petrakis BA, Tulu B, Archambeault C, Fix G, Schwartz E, Woods S. Examining the Multi-level Fit between Work and Technology in a Secure Messaging Implementation. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014; 2014:954-62. PMID: 25954403.
    View in: PubMed
  10. 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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  11. Mishuris RG, Stewart M, Fix GM, Marcello T, McInnes DK, Hogan TP, Boardman JB, Simon SR. Barriers to patient portal access among veterans receiving home-based primary care: a qualitative study. Health Expect. 2015 Dec; 18(6):2296-305. PMID: 24816246.
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  12. Turvey C, Klein D, Fix G, Hogan TP, Woods S, Simon SR, Charlton M, Vaughan-Sarrazin M, Zulman DM, Dindo L, Wakefield B, Graham G, Nazi K. Blue Button use by patients to access and share health record information using the Department of Veterans Affairs' online patient portal. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jul-Aug; 21(4):657-63. PMID: 24740865.
    View in: PubMed
  13. 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.
    View in: PubMed
  14. Fix GM. Anthropologist and Government Employee: a Description of Career Paths to Becoming an Applied Anthropologist with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 2013; 2(37):20-39.
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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