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Frances K. Barg, PhD, MEd

Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Co-Leader, Guatemala Health Initiative
Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives
Senior Scholar, Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Family Medicine and Community Health

Contact information
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
915 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-1830
Fax: 215-662-3591
Graduate Group Affiliations
B.A. (International Affairs)
George Washington University , 1974.
M.Ed. (Rehabilitation Counseling)
University of Pittsburgh , 1976.
PhD (Medical Anthropology)
University of Pennsylvania , 2000.
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Description of Research Expertise

Mixed Methods approach with focus on the uneven distribution of risk and disease among ethnic groups.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Culture in medicine

Description of Other Expertise

Depression in older adults, Cancer Prevention.

Selected Publications

Meghan B. Lane-Fall, Jose L. Pascual,Scott Massa; Meredith L. Collard, Hannah G. Peifer, Laura J. Di Taranti, Megan Linehan, Lee A. Fleisher, Frances K. Barg: Developing a Standard Handoff Process for Operating Room–to-ICU Transitions: Multidisciplinary Clinician Perspectives from the Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care (HATRICC) Study. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 44(9): 514-525, September 2018.

Garland SN, Eriksen W, Song S, Dearing J, Barg FK, Gehrman P, Mao JJ.: Factors that shape preference for acupuncture or cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of insomnia in cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer 26(7): 2407-2415, July 2018.

J Sevilla-Cazes, FS Ahmad, KH Bowles, A Jaskowiak, T Gallagher, LR Goldberg, S Kangovi, M Alexander, B Riegel, FK Barg,SE Kimmel.: Heart Failure Home Management Challenges and Reasons for Readmission: a Qualitative Study to Understand the Patient's Perspective. Journal of General Internal Medicine epub ahead of print, July 10 2018.

Ahmad FS, French B, Bowles, KH, Sevilla-Cazes J, Jaskowiak-Barr A, Gallagher TR, Kangovi S, Goldberg LR, Barg FK, Kimmel SE. : Incorporating patient-centered factors into heart failure readmission risk prediction: A mixed-methods study American Heart Journal Page:, June 2018.

Edlind M, Mitra N, Grande D, Barg FK, Carter T, Turr L, Glanz K, Long JA, Kangovi S: Why Effective Interventions Do Not Work for All Patients: Exploring Variation in Response to a Chronic Disease Management Intervention. Medical Care 56(8): epub ahead of print, June 2018.

Garland SN, Barg FK, Cakouros B, Gehrman P, DuHamel KN, Mao JJ: A qualitative examination of the factors related to the development and maintenance of insomnia in cancer survivors. Palliative Supportive Care Page: doi: 10.1017/S1478951518000135, May 16 2018.

Hariharan L, Gilbert CE, Quinn GE, Barg FK, Lomuto C, Quiroga A, McLeod-Omawale J, Zin A, Ortiz Z, Alda E, Bouzas L, Brussa M, Cattaino A, Dinerstein A, Erpen N, Fandiño A, Galina L, Manzitti J, Marinaro S, Sepúlveda T, Visintín P, Silva JC, Magluta C, Benitez A.: Reducing Blindness from Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in Argentina Through Collaboration, Advocacy and Policy Implementation. Health Policy and Planning 33(5): doi: 10.1093/heapol/czy004, April 2018.

Kellom KS, Matone M, Adejare A, Barg FK, Rubin DM, Cronholm PF.: A Qualitative Exploration of Co-location as an Intervention to Strengthen Home Visiting Implementation in Addressing Maternal Child Health. Maternal and Child Health epub ahead of print(6): 883-892, February 2018.

Sayers SL, Barg FK, Mavandadi S, Hess TH, Crauciuc A.: Deployment communication: Underlying processes and outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology 32(1): 3-11, February 2018.

Lane-Fall MB, Pascual JL, Peifer HG, Di Taranti LJ, Collard ML, Jablonski J, Gutsche JT, Halpern SD, Barg FK, Fleisher LA, and the HATRICC study team (Allen K, Barry M, Buddai S, Chavez T, Choudhary M, George D, Linehan M, Torres Hernandez E, Vander Veen S, Watts J).: A partially-structured postoperative handoff protocol improves communication in two mixed surgical intensive care units: findings from the Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care (HATRICC) prospective cohort study. Annals of Surgery Page: Accepted for publication, . 2018.

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