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Gemmae M Fix, PhD, MA, BS – Career Development Awardee

Gemmae M Fix, PhD, MA, BS Gemmae M Fix, PhD, MA, BS
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford
Bedford, MA 


Gemmae M. Fix, PhD, is an Applied Medical Anthropologist and Research Health Scientist with the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), where she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research. She is also Research Assistant Professor at Boston University's School of Public Health. Dr. Fix uses ethnographic methods, including qualitative interviewing and direct observation, to understand patient and provider behaviors and examine patients' experiences of illness. Her Career Development Award uses an ethnographic approach to examine the experiences of aging Veterans with HIV and comorbidities. Each project has a distinct, complementary focus (the Veteran's daily life; the HIV clinic, patient-provider interactions), with the goal of providing a contextually rich understanding of living with and managing HIV. Data from these studies will be used to develop a patient-centered intervention.

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