Gemmae M. Fix, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
MA, State University of New York at Buffalo

Gemmae M. Fix, PhD is an Applied Medical Anthropologist with postdoctoral training in Health Services Research. She is also an Investigator at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, based at the Boston and Bedford VA Medical Centers. Dr. Fix is a Fellow of both the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) and Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). She was elected to the Board of the SfAA (2021-2022) and currently serves as Secretary (2022-2025). Additionally, she serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Fix has expertise in qualitative, ethnographic and participatory research methods. Her research focuses on understanding patients' daily life experiences as foundational to their health. Dr. Fix has led AHRQ, NIH and VA funded studies examining patients’ experiences of care, patient-centered HIV care, and the use of co-design methods.

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  1. Gurewich D, Kressin N, Bokhour BG, Linsky AM, Dichter ME, Hunt KJ, Fix GM, Niles BL. Randomised controlled trial evaluating the effects of screening and referral for social determinants of health on Veterans' outcomes: protocol. BMJ Open. 2022 Sep 23; 12(9):e058972. PMID: 36153033; PMCID: PMC9511545; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058972;
  2. McInnes DK, Dunlap S, Fix GM, Foster MV, Conti J, Roncarati JS, Hyde JK. Longitudinal high-frequency ethnographic interviewing to simulate and prepare for intensive smartphone data collection among veterans with homeless experience. Front Digit Health. 2022; 4:897288. PMID: 36033637; PMCID: PMC9411857; DOI: 10.3389/fdgth.2022.897288;
  3. LoBrutto LR, Fix G, Wiener RS, Linsky AM. Leveraging the timing and frequency of patient decision aids in longitudinal shared decision-making: A narrative review and applied model. Health Expect. 2022 Aug; 25(4):1246-1253.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35652372; PMCID: PMC9327840; DOI: 10.1111/hex.13531;
  4. Wiener RS, Barker AM, Carter-Harris L, Caverly TJ, Crocker DA, Denietolis A, Doherty C, Fagerlin A, Gallagher-Seaman M, Gould MK, Han PKJ, Herbst AN, Ito Fukunaga M, McCullough MB, Miano DA, Quaife SL, Slatore CG, Fix GM. Stakeholder Research Priorities to Promote Implementation of Shared Decision-Making for Lung Cancer Screening: An American Thoracic Society and Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 03 15; 205(6):619-630.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35289730; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202201-0126ST;
  5. Khanna A, Fix GM, McCullough MB, Herbst AN, Li M, Miano D, Barker AM, Wiener RS. Implementing Shared Decision-Making for Lung Cancer Screening across a Veterans Health Administration Hospital Network: A Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study Protocol. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 03; 19(3):476-483.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34678137
  6. Kearney L, Wiener RS, Dahodwala M, Fix GM, Hicks J, Little F, Howard J, Foreman AG, Wakeman C, O'Donnell C, Bulekova K, Drainoni ML, Kathuria H. A mixed methods study to inform and evaluate a longitudinal nurse practitioner/community health worker intervention to address social determinants of health and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease self-management. BMC Pulm Med. 2022 Mar 01; 22(1):74.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35232414; PMCID: PMC8889692; DOI: 10.1186/s12890-022-01863-w;
  7. Volandes AE, Zupanc SN, Paasche-Orlow MK, Lakin JR, Chang Y, Burns EA, LaVine NA, Carney MT, Martins-Welch D, Emmert K, Itty JE, Moseley ET, Davis AD, El-Jawahri A, Gundersen DA, Fix GM, Yacoub AM, Schwartz P, Gabry-Kalikow S, Garde C, Fischer J, Henault L, Burgess L, Goldman J, Kwok A, Singh N, Alvarez Suarez AL, Gromova V, Jacome S, Tulsky JA, Lindvall C. Association of an Advance Care Planning Video and Communication Intervention With Documentation of Advance Care Planning Among Older Adults: A Nonrandomized Controlled Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 02 01; 5(2):e220354.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35201306; PMCID: PMC8874350; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.0354;
  8. Fix GM, Kim B, Ruben MA, McCullough MB. Direct observation methods: A practical guide for health researchers. PEC Innovation. 2022; 1:100036. View Publication
  9. DeLaughter KL, Fix GM, McDannold SE, Pope C, Bokhour BG, Shimada SL, Calloway R, Gordon HS, Long JA, Miano DA, Cutrona SL. Incorporating African American Veterans' Success Stories for Hypertension Management: Developing a Behavioral Support Texting Protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021 Dec 01; 10(12):e29423.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34855617; PMCID: PMC8686408; DOI: 10.2196/29423;
  10. Elwy AR, Maguire EM, McInnes DK, Fix GM. Creating Connections during COVID-19. Health Commun. 2021 Aug 26; 1-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34445899; DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2021.1969836;
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2022 Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH): Fellow
2021-2024 Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA): Board of Directors
2018 Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA): Fellow
2016-2021 US Department of Veteran Affairs: Career Development Award
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Chronic illness
Patient-Centered Care
Qualitative methods

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