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Tracy A. Battaglia, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
DivisionGeneral Internal Medicine
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-8036
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-8475-1212
Other Positions
TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentEpidemiology

TitleActive Staff Privileges
InstitutionBoston Medical Center
DepartmentMedicine

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
1992Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Golden Key National Honor Society:
1993American Cancer Society: Medical Student Fellowship
1995Alpha Omega Alpha:
2005Lifetime Television: Champion for Change
2006AAMC: Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
2008American Cancer Society, New England Division: Researcher Spotlight
2009American Cancer Society, Triumph Magazine: Feature volunteer Summer 09
2010Department of Medicine, Boston University Medical Campus: Evans Junior Faculty Merit Award
2010Boston University Department of Technology: Ignition Award
2012Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Conference, Orlando, FL: Best Cancer Research Poster Presentation
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Tracy Battaglia MD MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, is a practicing Clinician-Investigator in the Women’s Health Unit at Boston University. Dr. Battaglia is board certified in both General Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. She serves as the Director of the AVON Breast Health Initiative at Boston Medical Center, Director of the Women's Health Unit of the Section of General Internal Medicine at BMC, Director of Medical Education at the Belkin Breast Health Center of BMC, Director of the Community Engagement Core of BU CTSI, and Chair of the BMC Cancer Quality and Registry Oversight Committee. She is the recipient of numerous awards from both the National Institutes of Health and different foundations, including the American Cancer Society, in recognition of her commitment to cancer prevention and control. She has over 10 years experience designing, implementing and evaluating community-based programs to reduce delays in cancer care across the continuum of cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Her research focuses on community-based approaches to reducing health disparities among underserved women.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Cancer prevention
  • Community based participatory research
  • Health disparities
  • Women's health
 Publications
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  1. Casas RS, Hallett LD, Rich CA, Gerber MR, Battaglia TA. Program Directors' Perceptions of Resident Education in Women's Health: A National Survey. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 Feb; 26(2):133-140. PMID: 27505148.
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  2. Battaglia TA, Darnell JS, Ko N, Snyder F, Paskett ED, Wells KJ, Whitley EM, Griggs JJ, Karnad A, Young H, Warren-Mears V, Simon MA, Calhoun E. The impact of patient navigation on the delivery of diagnostic breast cancer care in the National Patient Navigation Research Program: a prospective meta-analysis. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Aug; 158(3):523-34. PMID: 27432417.
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  3. Ko NY, Battaglia TA, Gupta-Lawrence R, Schiller J, Gunn C, Festa K, Nelson K, Flacks J, Morton SJ, Rosen JE. Burden of socio-legal concerns among vulnerable patients seeking cancer care services at an urban safety-net hospital: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016 Jun 14; 16:196. PMID: 27296566.
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  4. Kressin NR, Gunn CM, Battaglia TA. Content, Readability, and Understandability of Dense Breast Notifications by State. JAMA. 2016 Apr 26; 315(16):1786-8. PMID: 27115382.
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  5. Weinstein ZM, Battaglia TA, Baranoski AS. Factors Associated with Adherence to Routine Screening Mammography in HIV-Infected Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 May; 25(5):473-9. PMID: 27168388.
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  6. Paskett ED, Dudley D, Young GS, Bernardo BM, Wells KJ, Calhoun EA, Fiscella K, Patierno SR, Warren-Mears V, Battaglia TA. Impact of Patient Navigation Interventions on Timely Diagnostic Follow Up for Abnormal Cervical Screening. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Jan; 25(1):15-21. PMID: 26625131.
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  7. Ko NY, Fu JL, Lane SC, Finn K, Allten S, Vassilakis N, Stober L, Kachnic L, Battaglia TA. Cancer clinical trial enrollment of diverse and underserved patients within an urban safety net hospital. J Community Support Oncol. 2015 Dec; 13(12):429-35. PMID: 26863873.
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  8. Ramachandran A, Snyder FR, Katz ML, Darnell JS, Dudley DJ, Patierno SR, Sanders MR, Valverde PA, Simon MA, Warren-Mears V, Battaglia TA. Barriers to health care contribute to delays in follow-up among women with abnormal cancer screening: Data from the Patient Navigation Research Program. Cancer. 2015 Nov 15; 121(22):4016-24. PMID: 26385420.
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  9. Battaglia TA, Gunn CM, McCoy ME, Mu HH, Baranoski AS, Chiao EY, Kachnic LA, Stier EA. Beliefs About Anal Cancer among HIV-Infected Women: Barriers and Motivators to Participation in Research. Womens Health Issues. 2015 Nov-Dec; 25(6):720-6. PMID: 26253825.
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  10. Gunn CM, Soley-Bori M, Battaglia TA, Cabral H, Kazis L. Shared Decision Making and the Use of Screening Mammography in Women Younger Than 50 Years of Age. J Health Commun. 2015; 20(9):1060-6. PMID: 26091367.
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  11. Charlot M, Santana MC, Chen CA, Bak S, Heeren TC, Battaglia TA, Egan AP, Kalish R, Freund KM. Impact of patient and navigator race and language concordance on care after cancer screening abnormalities. Cancer. 2015 May 1; 121(9):1477-83. PMID: 25565151.
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  12. Ramachandran A, Freund KM, Bak SM, Heeren TC, Chen CA, Battaglia TA. Multiple barriers delay care among women with abnormal cancer screening despite patient navigation. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 Jan; 24(1):30-6. PMID: 25513858.
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  13. Shroff S, McCoy ME, Sherman BJ, Bak SM, Mandyam V, Battaglia TA. Feasibility of patient navigation in resident primary care practice: a screening mammography quality improvement initiative. J Ambul Care Manage. 2014 Oct-Dec; 37(4):293-302. PMID: 25180645.
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  14. Ko NY, Darnell JS, Calhoun E, Freund KM, Wells KJ, Shapiro CL, Dudley DJ, Patierno SR, Fiscella K, Raich P, Battaglia TA. Can patient navigation improve receipt of recommended breast cancer care? Evidence from the National Patient Navigation Research Program. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Sep 1; 32(25):2758-64. PMID: 25071111.
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  15. Freund KM, Battaglia TA, Calhoun E, Darnell JS, Dudley DJ, Fiscella K, Hare ML, LaVerda N, Lee JH, Levine P, Murray DM, Patierno SR, Raich PC, Roetzheim RG, Simon M, Snyder FR, Warren-Mears V, Whitley EM, Winters P, Young GS, Paskett ED. Impact of patient navigation on timely cancer care: the Patient Navigation Research Program. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Jun; 106(6):dju115. PMID: 24938303.
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  16. Gunn CM, Clark JA, Battaglia TA, Freund KM, Parker VA. An assessment of patient navigator activities in breast cancer patient navigation programs using a nine-principle framework. Health Serv Res. 2014 Oct; 49(5):1555-77. PMID: 24820445.
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  17. Jeudin P, Carmen MD, Battaglia TA, Bak S, Perkins RB. Effect of Patient Navigation on Adherence to Follow-up After Treatment of High-Grade Dysplasia. Obstet Gynecol. 2014 May; 123 Suppl 1:29S. PMID: 24770158.
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  18. Clark JA, Parker VA, Battaglia TA, Freund KM. Patterns of task and network actions performed by navigators to facilitate cancer care. Health Care Manage Rev. 2014 Apr-Jun; 39(2):90-101. PMID: 23478753.
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  19. Greaney ML, De Jesus M, Sprunck-Harrild KM, Tellez T, Bastani R, Battaglia TA, Michaelson JS, Emmons KM. Designing audience-centered interactive voice response messages to promote cancer screenings among low-income Latinas. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014; 11:E40. PMID: 24625364.
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  20. De La Cruz II, Freund KM, Battaglia TA, Chen CA, Bak S, Kalish R, Lottero B, Egan P, Heeren T, Kronman AC. Impact of depression on the intensity of patient navigation for women with abnormal cancer screenings. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb; 25(1):383-95. PMID: 24509033.
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  21. Freund KM, Isabelle AP, Hanchate AD, Kalish RL, Kapoor A, Bak S, Mishuris RG, Shroff SM, Battaglia TA. The impact of health insurance reform on insurance instability. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb; 25(1 Suppl):95-108. PMID: 24583490.
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  22. Kapoor A, Battaglia TA, Isabelle AP, Hanchate AD, Kalish RL, Bak S, Mishuris RG, Shroff SM, Freund KM. The impact of insurance coverage during insurance reform on diagnostic resolution of cancer screening abnormalities. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb; 25(1 Suppl):109-21. PMID: 24583491.
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  23. Katz ML, Young GS, Reiter PL, Battaglia TA, Wells KJ, Sanders M, Simon M, Dudley DJ, Patierno SR, Paskett ED. Barriers reported among patients with breast and cervical abnormalities in the patient navigation research program: impact on timely care. Womens Health Issues. 2014 Jan-Feb; 24(1):e155-62. PMID: 24439942.
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  24. Crowley MM, McCoy ME, Bak SM, Caron SE, Ko NY, Kachnic LA, Alvis F, Battaglia TA. Challenges in the delivery of quality breast cancer care: initiation of adjuvant hormone therapy at an urban safety net hospital. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Mar; 10(2):e107-12. PMID: 24345397.
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  25. Bensink ME, Ramsey SD, Battaglia T, Fiscella K, Hurd TC, McKoy JM, Patierno SR, Raich PC, Seiber EE, Warren-Mears V, Whitley E, Paskett ED, Mandelblatt S. Costs and outcomes evaluation of patient navigation after abnormal cancer screening: evidence from the Patient Navigation Research Program. Cancer. 2014 Feb 15; 120(4):570-8. PMID: 24166217.
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  26. Primeau SW, Freund KM, Ramachandran A, Bak SM, Heeren T, Chen CA, Morton S, Battaglia TA. Social service barriers delay care among women with abnormal cancer screening. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan; 29(1):169-75. PMID: 24197626.
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  27. Perkins RB, Sherman BJ, Silliman RA, Battaglia TA. We can do better than last place: improving the health of us women. Glob Adv Health Med. 2013 Sep; 2(5):86-93. PMID: 24416700.
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  28. Schroy PC, Caron SE, Sherman BJ, Heeren TC, Battaglia TA. Risk assessment and clinical decision making for colorectal cancer screening. Health Expect. 2015 Oct; 18(5):1327-38. PMID: 23905546.
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  29. Bowen DJ, Battaglia TA, Murrell SS, Bhosrekar SG, Caron SE, Smith E, Thomas G, Rorie JA, Maetschke LM, Goodman R. What do public housing residents say about their health? Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2013; 7(1):39-47. PMID: 23543020.
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  30. Battaglia TA, Bak SM, Heeren T, Chen CA, Kalish R, Tringale S, Taylor JO, Lottero B, Egan AP, Thakrar N, Freund KM. Boston Patient Navigation Research Program: the impact of navigation on time to diagnostic resolution after abnormal cancer screening. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Oct; 21(10):1645-54. PMID: 23045539.
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  31. Raj A, Ko N, Battaglia TA, Chabner BA, Moy B. Patient navigation for underserved patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Oncologist. 2012; 17(8):1027-31. PMID: 22752069.
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  32. Perkins RB, Jorgensen JR, McCoy ME, Bak SM, Battaglia TA, Freund KM. Adherence to conservative management recommendations for abnormal pap test results in adolescents. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jun; 119(6):1157-63. PMID: 22617580.
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  33. Howard MB, Battaglia TA, Prout MN, Freund KM. The effect of imaging on the clinical management of breast pain. JGIM 2012 January 31 DOI: 10.1007/s11606-011-1982-4. 2012.
  34. Howard MB, Battaglia T, Prout M, Freund K. The effect of imaging on the clinical management of breast pain. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jul; 27(7):817-24. PMID: 22331398.
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  35. Battaglia TA, Howard MB, Kavanah M, Prout MN, Chapman C, David M, Kronman A, Dumont T, Freund KM. . The addition of internists to a breast health program. The Breast Journal 2012 Jan;18(1):58-64. 2012.
  36. Battaglia TA, McCloskey L, Caron SE, Murrell SS, Jong H, Childs A, Walker K, Bernstein E, Bernstein J. . Feasibility of chronic disease patient navigation in an urban primary care practice. J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jan;35(1):38-49. 2012.
  37. Battaglia TA, McCloskey L, Caron SE, Murrell SS, Bernstein E, Childs A, Jong H, Walker K, Bernstein J. Feasibility of chronic disease patient navigation in an urban primary care practice. J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jan-Mar; 35(1):38-49. PMID: 22156954.
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  38. Battaglia TA, Murrell SS, Bhosrekar SG, Caron SE, Bowen DJ, Smith E, Kalish R, Rorie JA. Connecting Boston's public housing developments to community health centers: who's ready for change? Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2012; 6(3):239-48. PMID: 22982838.
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  39. Kronman AC, Freund KM, Heeren T, Beaver KA, Flynn M, Battaglia TA. Depression and anxiety diagnoses are not associated with delayed resolution of abnormal mammograms and pap tests among vulnerable women. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Apr; 27(4):452-7. PMID: 22083552.
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  40. Kronman AC, Freund KM, Heeren T, Beaver KA, Flynn M, Battaglia TA. . Depression and anxiety diagnoses are not associated with delayed resolution of abnormal mammograms and pap tests among vulnerable women. J Gen Intern Med. (4):452-7. Epub 2011 Nov 1. 2011.
  41. Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Paskett E, Wells K, Battaglia T. Psychometric validation and reliability analysis of a Spanish version of the patient satisfaction with cancer-related care measure: a patient navigation research program study. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Sep; 20(9):1949-56. PMID: 22038482.
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  42. Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Paskett E, Wells K, Battaglia TA. . Patient navigation research program group, Psychometric validation and reliability analysis of a Spanish version of the patient satisfaction with cancer-related care measure: a patient navigation research program study. Support Care Cancer.2011 Oct. [Epub ahead of print]. 2011.
  43. Battaglia TA, Burhansstipanov L, Murrell SS, Dwyer AJ, Caron SE. Assessing the impact of patient navigation: prevention and early detection metrics. Cancer. 2011 Aug; 117(15 Suppl):3553-64. PMID: 21780090.
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  44. Emmons KM, Cleghorn D, Tellez T, Greaney ML, Sprunck KM, Bastani R, Battaglia T, Michaelson JS, Puleo E. Prevalence and implications of multiple cancer screening needs among Hispanic community health center patients. Cancer Causes Control. 2011 Sep; 22(9):1343-9. PMID: 21728056.
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  45. Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters P, Paskett E, Wells K, Battaglia TA. . Cross-cultural validation of a patient satisfaction with interpersonel relationship with navigator measure: A multi-site patient navigation research study. Psychooncology. 2011 Jul 1. doi: 10.1002/pon.2018. 2011.
  46. Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Paskett E, Wells K, Battaglia T. Cross-cultural validation of a Patient Satisfaction with Interpersonal Relationship with Navigator measure: a multi-site patient navigation research study. Psychooncology. 2012 Dec; 21(12):1309-15. PMID: 21726018.
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  47. Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Post D, Wells KJ, McKoy JM, Battaglia T, Simon MA, Kilbourn K. Psychometric development and reliability analysis of a patient satisfaction with interpersonal relationship with navigator measure: a multi-site patient navigation research program study. Psychooncology. 2012 Sep; 21(9):986-92. PMID: 21681995.
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  48. Xu L, Wang SS, Healey MA, Faupel-Badger JM, Wilken JA, Battaglia T, Szabo E, Mao JT, Bergan RC. The Ninth Annual American Association of cancer research international conference on frontiers in cancer prevention research. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2011 Apr; 4(4):616-21. PMID: 21464034.
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  49. Jean-Pierre P, Fiscella K, Winters PC, Post D, Wells KJ, McKoy JM, Battaglia TA, Simon MA, Kilbourn K, and The Patient Navigation Research Program Group. Psychometric development and reliability analysis of a patient satisfaction with interpersonal relationship with navigator measure: A multi site patient navigation research program study. Psycho-Oncology (2011). Published online in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com). DOI: 10.1002/pon.2002. 2011.
  50. Linsky A, Nyambose J, Battaglia TA. Lifestyle behaviors in Massachusetts adult cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2011 Mar; 5(1):27-34. PMID: 21132395.
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  51. Phillips CE, Rothstein JD, Beaver K, Sherman BJ, Freund KM, Battaglia TA. Patient navigation to increase mammography screening among inner city women. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Feb; 26(2):123-9. PMID: 20931294.
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  52. Dookeran NM, Battaglia T, Cochran J, Geltman PL. Chronic disease and its risk factors among refugees and asylees in Massachusetts, 2001-2005. Prev Chronic Dis 2010 May;7(3):A51. 2010.
  53. Geltman PL, Dookeran NM, Battaglia T, Cochran J. Chronic disease and its risk factors among refugees and asylees in Massachusetts, 2001-2005. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 May; 7(3):A51. PMID: 20394690.
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  54. Battaglia TA, Santana MC, Bak S, Gokhale M, Lash TL, Ash AS, Kalish R, Tringale S, Taylor JO, Freund KM. Predictors of timely follow-up after abnormal cancer screening among women seeking care at urban community health centers. Cancer. 2010 Feb 15; 116(4):913-21. PMID: 20052731.
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  55. Parker VA, Clark JA, Leyson J, Calhoun E, Carroll JK, Freund KM, Battaglia TA. Patient navigation: development of a protocol for describing what navigators do. Health Serv Res. 2010 Apr; 45(2):514-31. PMID: 20132342.
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  56. Perna FM, Craft L, Freund KM, Skrinar G, Stone M, Kachnic L, Youren C, Battaglia TA. . The effect of a cognitive behavioral exercise intervention on clinical depression in a multi-ethnic sample of women with breast cancer. International Journal of Exercise and Sport Psychology 2010. 8(1), 36-47. 2010.
  57. Ramsey S, Whitley E, Mears VW, McKoy JM, Everhart RM, Caswell RJ, Fiscella K, Hurd TC, Battaglia T, Mandelblatt J. Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of cancer patient navigation programs: conceptual and practical issues. Cancer. 2009 Dec 1; 115(23):5394-403. PMID: 19685528.
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  58. Berz JP, Johnston K, Backus B, Doros G, Rose AJ, Pierre S, Battaglia TA. The influence of black race on treatment and mortality for early-stage breast cancer. Med Care. 2009 Sep; 47(9):986-92. PMID: 19648837.
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  59. Cheng T, Freund KM, Lane SE, Ganschow P, Battaglia, TA. Screening for breast cancer. PIER,Philadelphia, American College of Physicians. 2009.
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  60. Freund KM, Battaglia TA, Calhoun E, Dudley DJ, Fiscella K, Paskett E, Raich PC, Roetzheim RG. National Cancer Institute Patient Navigation Research Program: methods, protocol, and measures. Cancer. 2008 Dec 15; 113(12):3391-9. PMID: 18951521.
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  61. Wells KJ, Battaglia TA, Dudley DJ, Garcia R, Greene A, Calhoun E, Mandelblatt JS, Paskett ED, Raich PC. Patient navigation: state of the art or is it science? Cancer. 2008 Oct 15; 113(8):1999-2010. PMID: 18780320.
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  62. Liebschutz J, Battaglia T, Finley E, Averbuch T. Disclosing intimate partner violence to health care clinicians - what a difference the setting makes: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 2008; 8:229. PMID: 18601725.
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  63. Aggarwal A, Speckman JL, Paasche-Orlow MK, Roloff KS, Battaglia TA. The role of numeracy on cancer screening among urban women. Am J Health Behav. 2007 Sep-Oct; 31 Suppl 1:S57-68. PMID: 17931137.
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  64. Rose AJ, Backus BM, Gershman ST, Santos P, Ash AS, Battaglia TA. Predictors of aggressive therapy for nonmetastatic prostate carcinoma in Massachusetts from 1998 to 2002. Med Care. 2007 May; 45(5):440-7. PMID: 17446830.
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  65. Battaglia TA, Roloff K, Posner MA, Freund KM. Improving follow-up to abnormal breast cancer screening in an urban population. A patient navigation intervention. Cancer. 2007 Jan 15; 109(2 Suppl):359-67. PMID: 17123275.
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  66. Battaglia TA, Ash A, Prout MN, Freund KM. Cancer prevention trials and primary care physicians: factors associated with recommending trial enrollment. Cancer Detect Prev. 2006; 30(1):34-7. PMID: 16476525.
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  67. Rodriguez MA, Battaglia T. Asking Patients about Intimate Partner Abuse. Virtual Mentor. 2003 Nov; 5(11). PMID: 23267507.
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  68. Battaglia TA, Finley E, Liebschutz JM. Survivors of intimate partner violence speak out: trust in the patient-provider relationship. J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Aug; 18(8):617-23. PMID: 12911643.
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  69. Freund KM, Battaglia TA. The two faces of health care for women. Lancet. 2000 Dec; 356 Suppl:s66. PMID: 11191526.
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