Davis G Patterson, PhD
Davis Patterson, a sociologist, is a Research Scientist in the University of Washington's WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and Center for Health Workforce Studies. He has 17 years of experience in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research and evaluation spanning a variety of areas in healthcare, human services, and education. Prior to returning to the Centers in 2009, Dr. Patterson spent three years at Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation where he supported the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in development of hospital emergency preparedness indicators and evaluating public health department preparedness for emergencies and disasters.
His field research experience includes conducting interviews of over 500 persons from diverse cultures and from all walks of life, at home and abroad. He is fluent in Spanish.
Research Interests & Roles
Health workforce development, with a particular focus on the recruitment and retention of rural and underrepresented minority health professionals; healthcare access and disparities; healthcare and public health workforce supply and demand analysis; emergency medical services; and healthcare quality improvement.
International medical graduates on J-1 and H-1B visas: Understanding trends in their contributions to health care delivery for rural underserved populations
Community College's Contributions to the Education of Allied Health Professionals in Rural Areas of the US
Skillman SM, Andrilla CHA, Patterson DG, Tieman L, Doescher MP. Les infirmiers diplòmés d'état (LPN): l'expérience de l'Etat de Washington [The licensed practical nurse workforce in the United States: one state's experience]. Cahiers de Sociologie et de Démographie Médicales 2010; 50(2):179-212.
Patterson DG, Skillman SM, Andrilla CHA, Doescher MP. Workforce Challenges in Delivering Health Care to Elderly and Low-income Populations in Wyoming: Medical Providers' Acceptance of Medicaid and Medicare Patients. Final Report #128. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington; Sep 2009.
Patterson DG, Skillman SM, Doescher MP, Andrilla CHA. Obstacles to Providing High-quality Patient Care: Findings from a Survey of Wyoming's Medical Care Providers. Final Report #131. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington; Aug 2009.
Patterson DG, Baldwin LM, and Olsen PM. Supports and obstacles in the medical school application process for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved 2009;20(2):308-29.
Chapman SA, Lindler V, Kaiser JA, Nielsen CS, Bates T, Hailer-O'Keefe L, Patterson DG, Skillman SM. EMS Workforce for the 21st Century: A National Assessment. Prepared for the Office of Emergency Medical Services, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, June 2008.
Hollow WB, Patterson DG, Olsen PM, and Baldwin LM. American Indians and Alaska Natives: How do they find their path to medical school? Academic Medicine 2006;81(10):S65-69.
Patterson DG and Carline JD. Promoting minority access to health careers through health profession-public school partnerships: A review of the literature. Academic Medicine 2006;81(6):S5-S10.
Hollow WB, Buckley A, Patterson DG, Olsen PM, Dorscher J, Medora R, Morin L, Padilla RS, Tahsequah J, and Baldwin LM. Clearing the Path to Medical School for American Indians and Alaska Natives: New Strategies. Working Paper #101. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, 2006.
Hollow WB, Patterson DG, Olsen PM, and Baldwin LM. American Indians and Alaska Natives: How Do They Find Their Path to Medical School? Working Paper #86. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, 2004.
Carline JD and Patterson DG. Characteristics of health professions schools, public school systems, and community-based organizations in successful partnerships to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students entering health professions education. Academic Medicine 2003;78:467-482.
Carline JD, Patterson DG, Davis LA, and Irby DM. Precollege enrichment programs intended to increase the representation of minorities in medicine. Academic Medicine 1998;73:288-298.
Carline JD, Patterson DG, and Davis LA. Enrichment programs for undergraduate college students intended to increase the representation of minorities in medicine. Academic Medicine 1998;73:299-312.