Carmit McMullen, PhD

Carmit McMullen

Carmit McMullen, PhD, is a medical anthropologist who studies health care delivery, cancer survivorship, and aging. She provides expertise in qualitative and ethnographic research methods, such as focus groups, interviews, and fieldwork (participant-observation), for studies in diverse subject areas.

Dr. McMullen has used ethnography to study how health care providers across the country communicate in hospital and outpatient settings, ensure patient safety during surgery and critical care, and implement electronic medical records systems. She has developed rapid assessment processes for conducting team-based ethnographic evaluations of organizational change in health care settings.

Dr. McMullen is establishing a research program on treatment-related disability among cancer survivors. Some of these survivorship studies examine long-term colorectal cancer survivors with stomas, and she is leading an NCI study on caregiving for cancer survivors. As a Cancer Research Network Scholar, she completed an 18-month training program for promising early-career investigators at HMO-affiliated research centers nationwide.

Dr. McMullen received her MA and PhD in medical anthropology from Case Western Reserve University. Her earlier research examined self-appraised health status, African American culture and health, and urban health issues in three community-based, anthropological studies of health and aging in Philadelphia. She is an affiliate assistant professor in OHSU's Department of Medical Informatics.


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Recent Publications

1. Sun V, Grant M, McMullen CK, Altschuler A, Mohler MJ, Hornbrook MC, Herrinton LJ, Krouse RS. From diagnosis through survivorship: health-care experiences of colorectal cancer survivors with ostomies. Support Care Cancer 2014 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print]   Full text
Bulkley J, McMullen CK, Hornbrook MC, Wendel CS, Grant M, Altschuler A, Krouse RS. Spiritual well-being in long-term colorectal cancer survivors with ostomies. Psycho-oncology. 2013 Nov; 22(11):2513-2521. NIHMS498238   Full text
McMullen C, Schneider J, Firemark AJ, Davis J, Spofford M. Cultivating engaged leadership through a learning collaborative: Lessons from primary care renewal in Oregon safety net clinics. Annals of Family Medicine. 2013 May-Jun;11 Suppl 1:S34-40. doi: 10.1370/afm.1489.   Full text
Saleem JJ, Flanagan ME, Russ AL, McMullen CK, Elli L, Russell SA, Bennett KJ, Matthias MS, Rehman SU, Schwartz MD, Frankel, RM. You and me and the computer makes three: Variations in exam room use of the electronic health record. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013 Sep 3. [Epub ahead of print] PMC Journal – In Process   PubMed abstract
Skeps R, McMullen CK, Wendel CS, Bulkley J, Grant M, Mohler J, Hornbrook MC, Krouse RS, Herrinton LJ. Changes in body mass index and stoma related problems in the elderly. Journal of Geriatric Oncology 2013 Jan; 4(1):84-89. PMC3564631 [Available on 2014/1/1]   Full text
Sun V, Grant M, McMullen C, Altschuler A, Mohler J, Hornbrook MC, Herrinton L, Baldwin C. Krouse R, Surviving colorectal cancer: long-term, persistent ostomy-specific concerns and adaptations. Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing 2013 Jan; 40(1):61-72. [Epub 2012 Dec 5] PMC3536890 [Available on 2014/1/1]   Full text
Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Scammon DL, Waitzman NJ, Cronholm PF, Halladay JR, Driscoll DL, Solberg LI, Hsu C, Tai-Seale M, Hiratsuka V, Shih SC, Fetters MD, Wise CG, Alexander JA, Hauser D, McMullen CK, Scholle SH, Tirodkar MA, Schmidt L, Donahue KE, Parchman ML, Stange KC. Context matters: the experience of 14 research teams in systematically reporting contextual factors important for practice change. Ann Fam Med 2013 May; 11 Suppl 1:S115-S123. PMC3707255   Full text
Wright A, Ash JS, Erickson JL, Wasserman J, Bunce A, Stanescu A, St. Hilaire D, Panzenhagen M, Gebhardt E, McMullen C, Middleton B, Sittig DF. A qualitative study of the activities performed by people involved in clinical decision support: recommended practices for success. J Amer Inform Assoc 2013 Oct 7. [Epub ahead of print]   PubMed abstract
Ash JS, McCormack JL, Sittig DF, Wright A, McMullen C, Bates DW. Standard practices for computerized clinical decision support in community hospitals: a national survey. Journal of the American Informatics Association 2012 Nov 1; 19(6):980-7. [Epub 2012 Jun 15] PMCID: PMC3486730 [Available on 2013/11/8]   Full text
Ash JS, Sitting JF, Guappone KP, Dykstra RH, Richardson J, Wright A, Carpenter J, McMullen C, Shapiro M, Bunce A, Middleton B. Recommended practices for computerized clinical decision support and knowledge management in community settings: a qualitative study. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 Feb 14;12:6. PMC3334687    Full text

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