Research Initiatives


Faculty in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health have published hundreds of articles over the years. Listed below (alphabetically by faculty member name) are the most recent publications (from the previous 12 months), and those recently accepted for publication.

Ron Adler and David Harlan. Diabetes: 8 Strategies to Put into Practice. J Family Practice 2013;62(10):542-547.

Heather Alker et al. Healthy Homes: In-Home Environmental Asthma Intervention in a Diverse Urban Community. AM J Public Health 2014;104(4):665-671.

Bob Baldor, Judy Savageau, Navkiran Shakar, Stacy Potts, Joe Gravel, Kim Eisenstock and Jim Ledwith. Hospitalist Involvement in Family Medicine Residency Training: A CERA Study. Family Medicine 2014;46(2):88-93.

Alexander Blount et al. The Development of Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care Into the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Annals of Fam Med 2014;12(2):183.

Sara Valente, Dan Wemple, Sebastian Ramos, Suzanne Cashman and Judy Savageau. Preventive Behaviors and Knowledge of Tick Borne Illnesses: Results from an Endemic Area. J Pub Hlth Mngt and Practice 2015; May-Jun;21(3):16-23.

William Fisher, Robin Clark, Jeff Baxter, Bruce Barton, Elizabeth O'Connell and Gideon Aweh. Co-Occurring Risk Factors for Arrest Among Persons with Opioid Abuse and Dependence: Implications for Developing Interventions to Limit Criminal Justice Involvement. J Subst Abuse Treat 2014;47(3):197-201.

Robin Clark and Karen Clements.Not Paying for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: More Difficult than it Seems? Medical Care 2014;52(6):479-481.

KT Mueser, GR Bond, SM Essock, Robin Clark, E Carpenter-Song, RE Drake and R Wolfe. The Effects of Supported Employment in Latino Consumers with Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatr Rehbail J June 2014;37(2):113-122.

EA Latimer, A Naidu, EE Moodie, Robin Clark, AK Malla, R Tamblyn and W Wynant. Variation in Long-Term Antipsychotic Polypharmacy and High-Dose Prescribing Across Physicians and Hospitals. Psychaitr Serv Oct 2014;65(10):1210-17.

Robin Clark, Jeff Baxter, Bruce Barton, Gideon Aweh, Elizabeth O'Connell and William Fisher. The Impact of Prior Authorization on Buprenorphine Dose, Relapse Rates, and Cost for Massachusetts Medicaid Beneficiaries with Opioid Dependence. Health Srv Res Dec 2014;49(6):2964-79.

Robin Clark and Jeff Baxter. Responses of State Medicaid Programs to Buprenorphine Diversion: Doing More Harm than Good? JAMA Internal Medicine 2013;Sep 23;173(17):1571-2.

D Lang, Linda Cragin, D Raymond and S Kane. In a Neighborhood Near You: How Community Health Workers Help People Obtain Health Insurance and Primary Care. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2014;Feb2(1):lviii-lxiii.

JW Huang, JA King, WWW Ursprung, S Zhang, DN Kennedy, D Ziedonis and Joe DiFranza. The Development and Expression of Physical Nicotine Dependence Cooresponds to Structural and Functional Alterations to the Anterior Cingulate-Precuneus Pathway.  Brain Behav 2014;4(3):408-417.

R Scragg, Joe DiFranza, B Youdan, M Laugesen and M Glover. Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status as Risk Factors for Rapid Onset of Tobacco Addiction. Aust NZ J Public Health 2014;38(2):194-195.

W Huang, Joe DiFranza, DN Kennedy, N Zhang, D Ziedonis and JA King. Neural Correlates of Advancing Tobacco Addiction. PLOS ONE, 2014, in press.

R Trestman, Warren Ferguson and J Dickert. Behind Bars: The Compelling Case for Academic Health Centers Partnering with Correctional Facilities. Acad Med Jan 2015;90(1): p.16-19.

Warren Ferguson et al. Relationship Between Self-assessed and Tested Non-English-language Proficiency Among Primary Care Providers. Medical Care 2014 May;52(5):435-8.

Warren Ferguson, Mick Godkin, et al. A Longitudinal Study of Multicultural Curriculum in Medical Education. International Journal of Medical Education 2014;5:37-44.

Deborah Gurewich
, J Prottas and J Sirkin. Managing Care for Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders at Community Health Centers. J Subst Abuse Treat 2014;46(2):227-231.

Heather-Lyn Haley, Meredith Walsh, Nan Tin Maund, Clara Savage and Suzanne Cashman. Primary Prevention for Resettled Refugees from Burma: Where to Begin? J Community Health 2014;39(1):1-10.

KM Drake, Lee Hargraves, S Loyd, PM Gallagher and PD Cleary. The Effect of Response Scale, Administration Mode, and Format on Responses to the CAHPS Clinician and Group Survey. Health Serv Res 2014;49(4):1387-1399.

YL Cuffee, Lee Hargraves, Milagros Rosal, Becky Briesacher, A Schoenthaler, S Person, S Hullett and Jeroan Allison. Reported Racial Discrimination, Trust in Physicians, and Medication Adherence Among Inner-City African Americans with Hypertension. AM J Public Health 2013;103(11):e55-e62.

Jay Himmelstein, Scott Keays, Roni Mansur and Kaitlyn Kenney Walsh. Measuring the Outcomes of Health Reform: Opportunities for Federal and State Policymakers. Health Affairs blog, 2013.

Jay Himmelstein and Adrew Bindman. Advancing the University Mission Through Partnerships with State Medicaid Programs. Academic Medicine 2013;88(11):1606-1608.

M Bharel, Wen-Chieh Lin, J Zhang, E O'Connell, Robin Clark and RL Taube. Health Care Utilization Patterns of Homeless Individuals in Boston: Preparing for Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act. Am J Public Health 2013;103(Suppl 2):S311-317.

Roger Luckmann, Mary Costanza, Milagros Rosal, Mary Jo White and Caroline Cranos. Referring Patients for Telephone Counseling to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening. Am J Managed Care 2013;19(9):702-708.

EM Benjamin, RA Klugman, Roger Luckmann, DG Fairchild and SA Abookire. Impact of Cardiac Telemetry on Patient Safety and Cost. Am J Managed Care 2013;19(6):e225-232.

Steve Martin. Primary Care is First Contact Care. J Fam Pract 2014;63(5):244.

Steve Martin and Marcy Boucher.  Mild Hyptertension in People at Low RiskBMJ (Clinical Research Ed.) 349"g5432.pdf

JJ van den Berg, B Bock, MB Roberts, LA Stein, PD Friedmann, Steve Martin and JG Clarke. Cigarette Smoking as an Expression of Independence and Freedom Among Inmates in a Tobacco-Free Prison in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res 2014 Feb;16(2):238-42.

Monica Mitra, S Parish, KM Clements, C Xiaohui and D Hafsatou.  Pregnancy Outcomes Among Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Am J Prev Med 2015. Mar;48(3):300-8.

Monica Mitra. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MMWR. Public Health Practices to Include Persons with Disabilities. August, 2013.

Monica Mitra, and V Mouradian. Intimate Partner Violence in the relationships of men with Disabilties in the US: Relative Prevalence and Health Correlates. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 2014. Nov;29(17):3150-66.

Monika Mitra, L Iezzoni, J Zhang, Linda Long-Bellil, SC Smeltzer and BA Barton. Prevalence and Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression Symptoms Among Women with Disabilities. Matern Child Health J 2014. Feb;19(2):362-72.

Rocco Perla, Samuel Hohmann and Karen Annis. Whole-Patient Measure of Safety: Using Administrative Data to Assess Probability of Highly Undersirable Events During Hospitalization. Journal for Healthcare Quality 2014;35(5):20-31.

B Webster, Y Choi, AZ Bauer, M Cifuentes and Glenn PranskyThe Cascasde of Medical Services and Associated Longitudinal Costs due to Nonadherent Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Low Back Pain. Spine 2014;39(17):1433-1440.

E Besen and Glenn Pransky. Trajectories of Productivity Loss over a 20-Year Period: An Analysis of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Scand J Work Environ Health 2014;40(4):380-389.

RW McGorry, N Fallentin, JH Andersen, PJ Keir, TB Hansen, Glenn Pransky and JH Lin. Effect of Grip Type, Wrist Motion, and Resistance Level on Pressures within the Carpal Tunnel of Normal Wrists. J Orthop Res 2014;32(4):524-530.

R Wilkie, C Phillipson, E Hay and Glenn Pransky. Frequency and Predictors of Premature Work Loss in Primary Care Consulters for Osteoarthritis: Prospective Cohort Study. Rheumatology 2014;53(3):459-464.

T Pincus, P Kent, G Bronfort, P Loisel, Glenn Pransky and J Hartvigsen. Twenty-Five Years with the Biopsychococial Model of Low Back Pain: Is it Time to Celebrate? A Report from the Twelfth International Forum for Primary Care Research on Low Back Pain. Spine 2014;38(24):2118-2123.

B Webster, AZ Bauer, Y Choi, M Cifuentes and Glenn Pransky. Iatrogenic Consequences of Early Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Acute, Work-Related, Disabling Low Back Pain. Spine 2013;38(22):1939-1946.

Tina Runyan and Khatri P. Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Commentary on the Joint Principles: Integrating Behavioral Health Care into the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Family Systems and Health 2014:32(2):145-146.

Linda Cabral, Heather Strother, Kathy Muhr, Laura Sefton and Judy Savageau. Clarifying the Role of the Mental Health Peer Specialist in Massachusetts: Insights from Peer Specialists, Supervisors and Clients. Health and Social Care in the Community 2014;22(1):104-112.

Barry Saver, Kathy Mazor, Lee Hargraves and Marcela Hayes. Inaccurate Risk Perceptions and Individualized Risk Estimates by Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. J Am Board of Family Medicine 2014;27(4):510-519.

Barry Saver, CY Wang, SA Dobie, PK Green and LM Baldwin. The Central Role of Comorbidity in Predicting Ambulatory Care Sensitive Hospitalizations. Eur J Public Health, 2014;24(1):66-72.

JL Marquard, L Garber, Barry Saver, B Amster, M Kelleher and P Preusse. Overcoming Challenges Integrating Patient-generated Data into the Clinical EHR: Lessons from the CONtrolling Disease Using Inexpensive IT - Hypertension in Diabetes (CONDUIT_HID) Project. Int J Med Inform 2013 Oct;82(10):903-10

R Carstens, Bill Shaw, K Boersma, SE Reme, Glenn Pransky and SJ Linton. When the Wind Goes Out of the Sail - Declining Recovery Expectations in the First Weeks of Back Pain. Eur J Pain 2014;18(2):269-278.

Bill Shaw, E Besen, Glenn Pransky, CR Boot, MK Nicholas, RK McLellan and TH Tveito. Manage at Work: A Randomized, Controlled Trial of a Self-Management Group Intervention to Overcome Workplace Challenges Associated with Chronic Physical Health Conditions. BMC Public Health 2014;14:515.

SE Reme, Bill Shaw, LL Boden, TH Tveito, ET O'Day, JT Dennerlein and G Sorensen. Worker Assessments of Organizatonal Practices and Psychosocial Work Environment are Associaed with Musculoskeletal Injuries in Hospital Patient Care Workers. Am J Ind Med 2014;57(7):810-818.

Bill Shaw, SE Reme, Glenn Pransky, MJ Woiszillo, IA Steenstra and SJ Lindon. The Pain Recovery Inventory of Concerns and Expectations: A Psychosocial Screening Instrument to Identify Intervention Needs Among Patients at Elevated Risk of Back Disability. J Occup Environ Med 2013;55(8):885-894.

RA Kraaijeveki, RG Schaafsma, CR Boot, Bill Shaw, U Bultmann and JR Anema. Implementation of the Participatory Approach to Increase Supervisors' Self-Efficacy in Supporting Employees at Risk for Sick Leave: Design of a Ramdomised Controlled Trial. BMC Public Health 2013;13:750.

Bill Shaw, P Campbell, CC Nelson, CJ Main and SJ Linton. Effects of Workplace, Family and Cultural Influences on Low Back Pain: What Opportunities Exist to Address Social Factors in General Consultations?  Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol 2013;27(5):637-648.

CJ Main, J Mitchel and Bill Shaw. Return to Work in Muskuloskeletel Disorders. In IZ Schultz & R Gatchel (Eds.) Handbook of Return-to-Work: From Research to Practice. New York: Springer, 2014, In press, Chapter due Sept 2015.

VL Kristman, Bill Shaw and K Whitt-Williams. Supervisors' Perspectives on Work Accommodations for the Chronically Ill. In SD Stone, V Crooks & M Owens (Eds.) Working Bodies: Chronic Illness in the Canadian Workplace 2014, in press.

V Johnston, K Way, MH Long, M Wyatt, L Gibson and Bill Shaw. Supervisor Competencies for Supporting Return to Work: A Mixed-Methods Study. J Occup Rehabil 2015 Mar;25(1):3-17.

E Besen, AE Young and Bill Shaw. Returning to Work Following Low Back Pain: Towards a Model of Individual Psychosocial Factors. J Occup Rehabil 2015 Mar;25(1):25-37.

Bill Shaw, VL Kristman, K Williams-Whitt, S Soklaridis, YH Huang, P Cote and P Loisel. The Job Accomodation Scale (JAS): Psychometric Evaluation of a New Measure of Employer Support for Temporary Job Modifications. J Occup Rehabil 2014 Dec;24(4):755-65.

I Arends, U Bultmann, Bill Shaw, W van Rhenen, C Roelen, K Nielson and JJ van der Klink. How to Engage Occupational Physicians in Recruitment of Research Participants: A Mixed-Methods Study of Challenges and Opportunities. J Occup Rehabil 2014;24(1):68-78.

Hugh Silk. Offering Oral Health Services in Your Office. Family Practice Management, July/August, 2014.

Hugh Silk. Diseases of the Mouth. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice 2014;4(1):75-90.

Megan Curtis, Hugh Silk and Judy Savageau. Prenatal Oral Health Education in U.S. Dental Schools and Obstetrics and Gynecology Residencies. J Dental Education 2013;77(11):1461-1468.

Herb Stevenson et al. A Resting State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of Concussions in Collegiate Athletes. Brain Imaging Behav 2015 Jun;9(2):323-32.

Herb Steveson, CS Beattie, JB Schwartz and BD Busconi. Assesing the Effectiveness of Neuromuscular Training Programs in Reducing the Incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Female Athletes: A Systematic Review. Am J Sports Medicine 2015. Feb;43(2):482-90.

Stefan Topolski. Validation of a Non-Linear Model of Health. J Eval in Clin Pract 2014. Dec;20(6):1026-35.

Stefan Topolski. For Every Complex Problem, There is an Answer that is Clear, Simple and Wrong - and Other Aphorisms about Medical Statistical Fallacies. J Eval in Clin Pract 2014. Dec;20(6):1017-25.

Carole Upshur, Linda Weinreb and M. Bharel. Homeless Women and Hazardous Drinking: Screening Results in a Primary Care Setting. Am J Addict 2014;23:117-122.

Carole Upshur, Linda Weinreb, DM Cheng, TW Kim, JH Samet, and R Saitz. Does Experiencing Homelessness Affect Women's Motivation to Change Alcohol or Drug Use? Am J Addict 2014;23(1):76-83.

Carole Upshur, Melodie Wenz-Gross and George Reed. A Pilot Study of Primary Prevention Curriculum to Address Preschool Behavior Problems. J Prim Prev 2013;34(5):309-327.

HR Marucci-Wellman, TC Lin, JL Willetts, NJ Brennan and Santosh Verma. Differences in Time Use and Activity Patterns When Adding a Second Job: Implications for Health and Safety in the United States. Am J Public Health 2014;104(8):1488-1500.

Craig Weiner. Parenting Your Child with ADHD, A Non-Nosense Guide for Nurturing Self-Reliance and Cooperation. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2013.

KM Mattocks, S Frayne, CS Phibbs, EM Yano, L Zephyrin, H Shryock, S Haskell, J Katon, JC Sullivan, Linda Weinreb, C Ulbricht and LA Bastian. Five-Year Trends in Women Veterans' Use of VA Maternity Benefits, 2008-2012. Women's Health Issues 2014;24(1):e37-e42.

Linda Weinreb, Nancy Byatt, Tiffany Moore Simas, Karen Tenner, and Judy Savageau. What Happens to Mental Health Treatment During Pregnancy? Women's Experience with Prescribing Providers. Psychiatric Quarterly 2014 Sept;85(3):349-55.

Bob Wellman, Joe DiFranza et al. Recalled First Reactions to Inhaling Nicotine Predict the Level of Physical Dependence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence (online publication: doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.07.021)

Bob Wellman, GA Contreras, EN Dugas, EK O'Loughlin and JL O'Loughlin. Determinants of Sustained Binge Drinking in Young Adults. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research 2014. May;38(5):1409-15.

EN Dugas, EK O'Louglin, NC Low, Bob Wellman and JL O'Loughlin. Sustained Waterpipe Use in Young Adults. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2013; doi:10.1093/ntr/ntt215 (online publication).



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