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Diane P. Martin

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I believe we can improve population health by educating and empowering individuals and communities, recognizing diversity, and providing patient-centered care.
Professor Emeritus, Health Services


PhD   University of Washington, 1979   (Epidemiology)
MA   Temple University, 1972   (Medical Sociology, Health Administration)
BA   Macalester College, 1968   (Sociology)

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Diane Martin has research interests in health insurance and delivery systems, and changing patient and provider behavior to improve the quality of care and health outcomes. In addition to teaching research methods, she is the Director of the Health Services PhD program.

Health insurance and delivery systems; changing behavior of patients and providers to improve quality of care and outcomes

Unger JM, Barlow WE, Martin DP, Ramsey SD, Leblanc M, Etzioni R, Hershman DL. Comparison of survival outcomes among cancer patients treated in and out of clinical trials. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Mar;106(3):dju002. doi: 10.1093/jnci/dju002.  PMID: 24627276    PMCID: PMC3982777

John DA, de Castro AB, Duran B, Martin DP. Nativity and occupational class disparities in uninsurance and routine preventive care use among asian americans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Dec;15(6):1011-22. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9851-3.  PMID: 23775111

Conrad DA, Grembowski D, Perry L, Maynard C, Rodriguez H, Martin D. Paying physician group practices for quality: A statewide quasi-experiment. Healthc (Amst). 2013 Dec;1(3-4):108-16. doi: 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2013.04.012. Epub 2013 May 28.  PMID: 26249780

Harris LT, Koepsell TD, Haneuse SJ, Martin DP, Ralston JD. Glycemic control associated with secure patient-provider messaging within a shared electronic medical record: a longitudinal analysis. Diabetes Care. 2013 Sep;36(9):2726-33. doi: 10.2337/dc12-2003. Epub 2013 Apr 29.  PMID: 23628618    PMCID: PMC3747898

John DA, de Castro AB, Martin DP, Duran B, Takeuchi DT. Does an immigrant health paradox exist among Asian Americans? Associations of nativity and occupational class with self-rated health and mental disorders. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Dec;75(12):2085-98. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.01.035. Epub 2012 Mar 13.  PMID: 22503561

Chair, dissertation committee for Joseph Unger
Representativeness, generalizability, and diffusion of cancer clinical trial treatments

Improving care and outcomes for asthma patients

Cinics are randomly assigned an asthma intervention or receive standard care. The intervention consists of computer alerts to providers and education by a nurse case manager to improve patient self management and outcomes..

Incidence, mortality and variation in care for patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome

This community based population study estimates the incidence, mortality and variations in care for all patients in King County with ARDS. Data are collected for 21 hospitals from computerized ICU records, medical record abstracts, and questionnaires.

Medical safety for Puget Sound hospitals

This study analyzes the Washington State CHARS database of hospital discharges to estimate improvement in medical safety if employees were funneled to high volume procedure hospitals, to closed-staff ICUs, and to hospitals with computerized pharmacy order programs.