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

McMullen CK, Macey TA, Pope J, Gugerty B, Slot M, Lundeen P, Ash J, Carlson N. Effect of computerized prescriber order entry on pharmacy: Experience of one health system. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2015 Jan 15;72(2):133-42.  
McMullen CK, Safford MM, Bosworth HB, Phansalkar S, Leong A, Fagan MB, Trontell A, Rumptz M, Vandermeer ML, The Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Patient-Centered Medication Management (PCMM) Workshop Working Group. Patient-centered priorities for improving medication management and adherence. Patient Educ Couns 2015 Jan;98(1):102-110.   
Bunce AE, Gold R, Davis JV, McMullen CK, Jaworski V, Mercer MB, Nelson C. Ethnographic process evaluation in primary care: explaining the complexity of implementation. BMC Health Serv Res 2014 Dec 5;14(1):607. PMCID: PMC4265455   Full text
McMullen CK, Schneider J, Altschuler A, Grant M, Hornbrook MC, Liljestrand P, Krouse RS. Caregivers as healthcare managers: health-management activities, needs and caregiving relationships for colorectal cancer survivors with ostomies. Supportive Care in Cancer 2014 Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]   PubMed abstract
Ramirez M, Altschuler A, McMullen C, Grant M, Hornbrook MC, Krouse RS. "I didn't feel like I was a person anymore": realigning full adult personhood after ostomy surgery. Medical Anthropolgy Quarterly 2014 Jun;28(2):242-259. PMID:24782269 PMC Journal - in Process   PubMed abstract
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 Jun;22(6):1563-1570. PMID:24442998   Full text
Wendel CS, Grant M, Herrinton L, Temple LKF, Hornbrook MC, McMullen CK, Bulkley JE, Altschuler A, Krouse RS. Reliability and validity of a survey to measure bowel function and quality of life in longer-term rectal cancer survivors. Quality of Life Research 2014 Dec;23(10):2831-40. [Epub 2014 Jun 3] PMCID: PMC4236297 [Available on 2015/12/1]   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. PMCID: PMC4105015 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

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