Jack A. Clark, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Jack A. Clark, PhD, is a medical sociologist who conducts research in how people live with chronic diseases, use health services, communicate with physicians, reach treatment decisions, and perceive the outcomes of health care.  He is presently leading a study of patients' decisions to persevere or withdraw from antiviral treatment for hepatitis C, focused on patients' perceptions of the challenges they face in long, usually arduous courses of treatment, their interactions with clinicians and the social contexts of their lives. He is also collaborating in several studies of patient navigation programs designed to facilitate access to cancer care and reduce social and economic disparities, and studies of the interaction and outcomes of recovery-oriented mental health groups and the work of peer mental health counselors. He currently mentors VA and BU medical faculty members in their research on clinical communication affecting HPV vaccination decisions and shared decision making in the management of incidental pulmonary nodules. He has long been involved in research in cancer care. His research has helped to define patient centered, psychosocial outcomes of treatment decisions for prostate cancer. More recently he has collaborated on investigations of access to follow up care for women who participate in breast or cervical cancer screening, and the role of patient navigation in facilitating access. He has developed patient-based measures to monitor changes in bodily function, the psychosocial effects of bodily dysfunction, and quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer. His studies typically seek to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods.  Previous research has included studies of men's narrative accounts of their experiences with diagnoses, reaching difficult treatment decisions, and living with the outcomes of their decisions in dealing with prostate cancer.    He currently teaches two courses. PM 826 addresses patients' illness perceptions, use of health services, communication with clinicians, and outcomes of care as they relate to social class, gender, and culture. PM 814 is an introduction to health services and contemporary theoretical and empirical issues in health services research. Since its founding in 1990, he has been a member of the research faculty of the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, a VA HSR&D Center of Excellence at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.

Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp

Boston Medical Center

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Jack Clark
07/01/2018 - 09/30/2019 (PI)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Improving Provider HPV Vaccine Conversations Through Education and Training
01/01/2016 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation Amer Cancer Society

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Jack Clark
08/01/2018 - 10/31/2018 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Racial Differences in Prostate Cancer: Influence of Health Care and Host Tumor Biology
09/01/2003 - 08/31/2009 (PI)
University of North Carolina DOD Army

Long Term Outcomes of Alternative Brachytherapy Techniques for Early Prostate Cancer
12/30/2004 - 09/29/2008 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital DOD Army Med Resrch

Task 1 Evaluation of the Effects of Sen-Sei-Ro in Cancer Patients
10/30/2005 - 04/30/2007 (PI)
Sundory (Japan)

Living with Early Prostate Cancer: Decisions and Outcomes
07/09/2001 - 08/08/2005 (PI)
Department of Defense/Army

Outcomes of Alternative Techniques for Brachytherapy
03/01/2002 - 02/28/2005 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital DOD Army

Effect of Screening and Race in Choice of Prostate Cancer Treatment
09/30/2000 - 09/29/2004 (PI)
University of North Carolina HHS CDC

The Study of Home Care for Febrile Neutropenia
05/01/1997 - 07/15/2000 (Co-PI)
PI: Ann Marie Hendricks, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NHLBI

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  1. Eun TJ, Hanchate A, Fenton AT, Clark JA, Aurora MN, Drainoni ML, Perkins RB. Relative contributions of parental intention and provider recommendation style to HPV and meningococcal vaccine receipt. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2019 Mar 12; 1-6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30862301.
  2. Kathuria H, Koppelman E, Borrelli B, Slatore CG, Clark JA, Lasser KE, Wiener RS. Patient-Physician Discussions on Lung Cancer Screening: A Missed Teachable Moment to Promote Smoking Cessation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2018 Nov 23.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30476209.
  3. Buitron de la Vega P, Coe C, Paasche-Orlow MK, Clark JA, Waite K, Sanchez MJ, Armstrong E, Bokhour BG. "It's like a mirror image of my illness": Exploring Patient Perceptions About Illness Using Health Mind Mapping-a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Oct; 33(10):1692-1699.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29992428.
  4. Fenton AT, Eun TJ, Clark JA, Perkins RB. Indicated or elective? The association of providers' words with HPV vaccine receipt. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2018; 14(10):2503-2509.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29847201.
  5. Wiener RS, Koppelman E, Bolton R, Lasser KE, Borrelli B, Au DH, Slatore CG, Clark JA, Kathuria H. Patient and Clinician Perspectives on Shared Decision-making in Early Adopting Lung Cancer Screening Programs: a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Jul; 33(7):1035-1042.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29468601.
  6. Mehter HM, McCannon JB, Clark JA, Wiener RS. Physician Approaches to Conflict with Families Surrounding End-of-Life Decision-making in the Intensive Care Unit. A Qualitative Study. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 02; 15(2):241-249.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29099239.
  7. Jang JW, Drumm MR, Efstathiou JA, Paly JJ, Niemierko A, Ancukiewicz M, Talcott JA, Clark JA, Zietman AL. Long-term quality of life after definitive treatment for prostate cancer: patient-reported outcomes in the second posttreatment decade. Cancer Med. 2017 Jul; 6(7):1827-1836. PMID: 28560840.
  8. Hoffman RM, Lo M, Clark JA, Albertsen PC, Barry MJ, Goodman M, Penson DF, Stanford JL, Stroup AM, Hamilton AS. Treatment Decision Regret Among Long-Term Survivors of Localized Prostate Cancer: Results From the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Study. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Jul 10; 35(20):2306-2314. PMID: 28493812.
  9. Gesthalter YB, Koppelman E, Bolton R, Slatore CG, Yoon SH, Cain HC, Tanner NT, Au DH, Clark JA, Wiener RS. Evaluations of Implementation at Early-Adopting Lung Cancer Screening Programs: Lessons Learned. Chest. 2017 Jul; 152(1):70-80.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28223153; DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.02.012;.
  10. Gunn C, Battaglia TA, Parker VA, Clark JA, Paskett ED, Calhoun E, Snyder FR, Bergling E, Freund KM. What Makes Patient Navigation Most Effective: Defining Useful Tasks and Networks. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2):663-676.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28529216; DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0066;.
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