Christina Bethell

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Dr. Bethell is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. She is the founding Director of The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) and the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. The CAHMI is a national initiative established in 1998 with the mission to advance a high quality, patient and consumer-centered health care system for children, youth and families. Dr. Bethell serves as principal investigator for the collaborative development, validation and national, state and local implementation of child, youth and family health and health care quality tools such as The Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS), The Young Adult Health Care Survey (YAHCS), the Children with Special Health Care Needs Screener (CSHCN Screener), the Medical Home Measurement Module and other child health and health care quality measures, most of which have been endorsed for voluntary use by the National Quality Forum. Additional expertise in consumer and provider engagement and IT-driven methods to measure and improve health care quality and outcomes within the pediatric office setting. Dr. Bethell is committed to contributing to the development of systems of care that proactively address the early life socioemotional factors essential to promoting the development of health over the life course, in advancing integrative pediatrics and in the emerging field of mindfulness and social and interpersonal neurobiology as it applies to improving health care quality and the health of children.

Selected Publications

"Family impacts among children with autism spectrum disorder: The role of health care quality," Academic Pediatrics (Vol: 14, Issue: 4, Page 398-407) - 2014

"Optimizing health and health care systems for children with special health care needs using the life course perspective," Maternal and Child Health Journal (Vol: 18, Issue: 2, Page 467-477) - 2014

"Complementary and conventional medicine use among youth with recurrent headaches," Pediatrics (Vol: 132, Issue: 5, Page e1173-e1183) - 2013

"Development of the adult and child complementary medicine questionnaires fielded on the National Health Interview Survey," BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Vol: 13, ) - 2013

"Engaging families (and ourselves) in quality improvement: An optimistic and developmental perspective," Academic Pediatrics (Vol: 13, Issue: 6 SUPPL., Page S9-S11) - 2013


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