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Deborah J. Cohen Ph.D.

    • Associate Professor of Family Medicine School of Medicine
    • Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program School of Medicine

Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., has been developing her skills in qualitative methods for more than 20 years, and has spent more than a decade studying primary care practices, with a focus on clinician-patient communication, practice change and improvement and health information technology use.

Dr. Cohen has expertise in a range of qualitative methods and approaches, including interviewing, observation, and conversation analysis. Dr. Cohen is a highly skilled analyst, and she has experience supervising qualitative teams in data collection, management and analysis of qualitative and mixed methods data.

Dr. Cohen uses her qualitative expertise on mixed methods teams to look at how improvements are implemented in primary care practices, to identify what changes are made, and to compare the effectiveness of observed practice change on process and outcomes measures. She has been a Principal Investigator on several federal and foundation funded grants, leading mixed methods teams to understand and tackle the complicated problems related to implementing and disseminating new innovations and important quality improvements in primary care practice. Her work has focused on comparing the effectiveness of approaches for improving preventive services, health behavior and behavioral and mental health care in the primary care setting.

In addition to her research, Dr. Cohen mentors and teaches on the topics of qualitative methods and practice change and improvement. She is an Associate Editor for the Annals of Family Medicine, and she created a web-based resource for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that is designed for people with an interest in qualitative research (www.qualres.org).

Areas of Research Keywords

Qualitative and Mixed-methods Research, Practice-based Research, Primary Care Practice Change and Improvement, Dissemination and Implementation Research, EHR Use, Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care, Preventive Service Delivery.

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Publications

  • "Vision for a principled redesign of health information technology." Annals of Family Medicine In: , Vol. 15, No. 3, 01.05.2017, p. 285-286.
  • "Early performance in medicaid accountable care organizations a comparison of Oregon and Colorado." JAMA Internal Medicine In: , Vol. 177, No. 4, 01.04.2017, p. 538-545.
  • "Outcomes of integrated behavioral health with primary care." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine In: , Vol. 30, No. 2, 01.03.2017, p. 130-139.
  • "Collaborators and communication channels in eight patient-centered medical homes."  Building Capacity for Health Informatics in the Future. Vol. 234 IOS Press, 2017. p. 59-64 (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 234).
  • "Smoking-Cessation Assistance : Before and After Stage 1 Meaningful Use Implementation." American Journal of Preventive Medicine In: , 2017.
  • "Oregon's medicaid reform and transition to global budgets were associated with reductions in expenditures." Health Affairs In: , Vol. 36, No. 3, 2017, p. 451-459.
  • "Designing health information technology tools to prevent gaps in public health insurance." Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics In: , Vol. 24, No. 2, 2017, p. 196-203.
  • "Hospital Strategies for Reducing Emergency Department Crowding : A Mixed-Methods Study." Annals of Emergency Medicine In: , 2017.
  • "Reporting from the Front Lines : Implementing Oregon's Alternative Payment Methodology in Federally Qualified Health Centers." Journal of Ambulatory Care Management In: , Vol. 40, No. 4, 2017, p. 339-346.
  • "Implementation of Behavioral Health Interventions in Real World Scenarios : Managing Complex Change." Families, Systems and Health In: , 28.11.2016.
  • "Lessons Learned Designing and Using an Online Discussion Forum for Care Coordinators in Primary Care." Qualitative Health Research  In: , Vol. 26, No. 13, 01.11.2016, p. 1851-1861.
  • "Clinical Styles and Practice Policies : Influence on Communication with Patients Regarding Worrisome Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data." Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.) In: , Vol. 17, No. 11, 01.11.2016, p. 2061-2066.
  • "A national evaluation of a dissemination and implementation initiative to enhance primary care practice capacity and improve cardiovascular disease care : The ESCALATES study protocol." Implementation Science  In: , Vol. 11, No. 1, 86, 29.06.2016.
  • "Facilitators and barriers to care coordination in patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) from coordinators' perspectives." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine In: , Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 90-101.
  • "Reporting on the Strategies Needed to Implement Proven Interventions : An Example From a "Real-World" Cross-Setting Implementation Study." Mayo Clinic Proceedings In: , 2016.
  • "Should Home-Based Contraceptive Dispensing become a Routine part of Public Health Nurse Practice? Review of Nurse Perceptions." Public Health Nursing  In: , Vol. 32, No. 6, 01.11.2015, p. 702-710.
  • "Study protocol for "Study of Practices Enabling Implementation and Adaptation in the Safety Net (SPREAD-NET)" : A pragmatic trial comparing implementation strategies." Implementation Science  In: , Vol. 10, No. 1, 16.10.2015.
  • "Start-Up and Ongoing Practice Expenses of Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration Interventions in the Advancing Care Together (ACT) Program." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S86-S97.
  • "Designing Clinical Space for the Delivery of Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S52-S62.
  • "Understanding Care Integration from the Ground Up : Five Organizing Constructs that Shape Integrated Practices." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S7-S20.
  • "Clinician Staffing, Scheduling, and Engagement Strategies Among Primary Care Practices Delivering Integrated Care." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S32-S40.
  • "Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care : Consulting, Coordinating and Collaborating Among Professionals." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S21-S31.
  • "REACH of Interventions Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S73-S85.
  • "Preparing the Workforce for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S41-S51.
  • "Electronic Health Record Challenges, Workarounds, and Solutions Observed in Practices Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care." Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM In: , Vol. 28, 01.09.2015, p. S63-S72.
  • "Testing health information technology tools to facilitate health insurance support : A protocol for an effectiveness-implementation hybrid randomized trial." Implementation Science  In: , 25.08.2015.
  • "Accountable Care Organizations : Ensuring Focus on Cardiovascular Health." Circulation In: , Vol. 132, No. 7, 18.08.2015, p. 603-610.
  • "IMPACCT Kids' Care : A real-world example of stakeholder involvement in comparative effectiveness research." Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research In: , Vol. 4, No. 4, 01.08.2015, p. 351-357.
  • "Multiple perspectives on clinical decision support : A qualitative study of fifteen clinical and vendor organizations Clinical decision-making, knowledge support systems, and theory." BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making  In: , Vol. 15, No. 1, 35, 24.04.2015.
  • "Learning Evaluation : Blending quality improvement and implementation research methods to study healthcare innovations." Implementation Science In: , 10.03.2015, p. 1-11.

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