James Ralston MD, MPH, is an internal medicine physician and senior investigator in health services and health informatics. His research mission is improving the health and care of patients living with common ongoing illnesses. His current areas of emphasis include understanding and honoring the priorities of patients living with multiple chronic conditions.
Dr. Ralston’s research focuses on developing and evaluating communication technologies that foster continuous care and a closer connection between patients and primary care teams. His commitment to finding effective ways to redesign care spans all stages of research, from project development to complete translation of results into clinical practice.
Examples of Dr. Ralston’s research projects include:
Dr. Ralston is also a University of Washington affiliate professor in health services and biomedical informatics, where he serves on the committees of PhD and master’s degree students.
Tchesnokova VL, Rechkina E, Larson L, Ferrier K, Weaver JL, Schroeder DW, She R, Butler-Wu SM, Aguero-Rosenfeld ME, Zerr D, Fang FC, Ralston J, Riddell K, Scholes D, Weissman S, Parker K, Spellberg B, Johnson JR, Sokurenko EV. Rapid and extensive expansion in the U.S. of a new multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli clonal group, sequence type ST1193. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Jan 7;68(2):334-337. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy525. PubMed
Aronson S, Babb L, Ames D, Gibbs RA, Venner E, Connelly JJ, Marsolo K, Weng C, Williams MS, Hartzler AL, Liang WH, Ralston JD, Devine EB, Murphy S, Aronson S, Babb L, Ames D, Gibbs RA, Venner E, Connelly JJ, Marsolo K, Weng C, Williams MS, Hartzler AL, Liang WH, Ralston JD, Devine EB, Murphy S, Chute CG, Caraballo PJ, Kullo IJ, Freimuth RR, Rasmussen LV, Wehbe FH, Peterson JF, Robinson JR, Wiley K, Overby Taylor C, eMERGE Network EHRI Working Group. Empowering genomic medicine by establishing critical sequencing result data flows: the eMERGE example. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018 May 31. pii: 5026196. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocy051. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Lim CY, Berry ABL, Hirsch T, Hartzler AL, Wagner EH, Ludman EJ, Ralston JD. Understanding what is most important to individuals with multiple chronic conditions: a qualitative study of patient's perspectives. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Aug 28. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4154-3. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Karter AJ, Warton EM, Lipska KJ, Ralston JD, Moffet HH, Jackson GG, Huang ES, Miller DR. Development and validation of a tool to identify patients with type 2 diabetes at high risk of hypoglycemia-related emergency department or hospital use. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Oct 1;177(10):1461-1470. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.3844. PubMed
Berry A, Lim C, Hartzler AL, Hirsch T, Ludman E, Wagner EH, Ralston J. Creating conditions for patients’ values to emerge in clinical conversations: perspectives of health care team members. DIS (Des Interact Syst Conf). 2017 Jun;2017:1165-1174. doi: 10.1145/3064663.3064669. PubMed
Berry ABL, Lim C, Hartzler AL, Hirsch T, Ludman E, Wagner EH, Ralston JD. Eliciting values of patients with multiple chronic conditions: evaluation of a patient-centered framework. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2018 Apr 16;2017:430-439. eCollection 2017. PubMed
Crane HM, Crane PK, Tufano JT, Ralston JD, Wilson IB, Brown TD, Davis TE, Smith LF, Lober WB, McReynolds J, Dhanireddy S, Harrington RD, Rodriguez CV, Nance RM, Delaney JA, Safren SA, Kitahata MM, Fredericksen RJ. HIV provider documentation and actions following patient reports of at-risk behaviors and conditions when identified by a web-based point-of-care assessment. AIDS Behav. 2017 Feb 15. doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1718-5. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Leppig K, Thiese H , Carrell D, Crosslin D , Dorschner M, Gordon A, Hartzler A, Ralston J, Larson E, Jarvik G. Building a family network from genetic testing. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 2016 Dec 29;5(2):122-129. doi: 10.1002/mgg3.259. eCollection 2017.
Peikes D, O'Malley AS, Wilson C, Crosson J, Gaddes R, Natzke B, Day TJ, Cromp D, Keith R, Little J, Ralston J. Early experiences engaging patients through patient and family advisory councils. J Ambul Care Manage. 2016 Oct-Dec;39(4):316-24. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000150. PubMed
Grembowski D, Ralston JD, Anderson ML. Health outcomes of population-based pharmacy outreach to increase statin use for prevention of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2016;22(8):909-17. doi: 10.18553/jmcp.2016.22.8.909. PubMed
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