James Harrison, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117

James Harrison's career has focussed on health services research to improve outcomes, experiences and the quality of care delivered to patients admitted to the hosptial. He joined the Division of Hospital Medicine as a Research Specialist in 2012 moving to a Faculty position in 2016. His role is to provide research expertise, mentorship, support and collaboration across the range of initiatives within DHM as well as lead his own research efforts. His work within the DHM is varied and involves quality improvement, patient experience, clinical practice change and high value care. James has skills across the research continuum and collaborates with faculty to take a conceptual idea for a research study through some, or all, of the design, implementation, analysis, evaluation and dissemination processes. He can also provide a particular perspective to turn work that is planned or currently underway into scholarly products resulting in peer review publications and/or conference abstract/presentation. James' own research interests focus on patient engagement in research.

James' work within the Division is similar to his previous role at the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) at the University of Sydney where he partnered with clinical and surgical collaborators to produce clinically relevant research that is applied to health service delivery. It was in Sydney that James completed his Masters of Public and PhD. His PhD focussed on reducing the unmet supportive care needs of people with colorectal cancer as they transitioned from the hospital to home.

James is also one of the contact points for faculty interested in bringing their work to the DHM Incubator. Incubator is a forum where researchers, clinicians, and educators meet to provide tools and guidance necessary to promote scholarly projects across the range of our Division's activities.

Project/Program Examples:

· Patient Engagement in Patient Centered Outcomes Research. In these PCORI funded projects, James' work focuses on building capacity for patient engagement in research thereby ensuring patient stakeholders perspectives guide patient centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research.

· Rounding Revamp where standardized morning rounds were evaluated in a cluster randomized controlled trial on the medicine service. He is one of the main study investigators with Bradley Monash and Nader Najafi. His input on this project has been related to study design, project management, data collection, analysis and dissemination.

· UC Care Check a multi-center center program grant funded by the UC Office of President's Center for Health Quality and Innovation (CHQI). This program seeks to standardize neurosurgical care across the UC system. James is Co-Principal Investigator with Catherine Lau.

· Evaluating the impact of post-discharge telephone calls on 30-day readmissions of medicine patients at UCSF. In this quality improvement project James provided quantitative database management, statistical analytic and technical skills working with Michelle Mourad.

· Development and implementation of a clinical skills observation curriculum for junior hospital medicine faculty. A Delphi study will be conducted across UCSF Parnassus, SFGH and VA. James is working with Stephanie Rennke on aspects of design, data collection, project implementation and analysis.

Recent Articles (49)

Sankaran S, Ravi PS, Wu YE, Shanabogue S, Ashok S, Agnew K, Fang MC, Khanna RA, Dandu M, Harrison JD. An NGO-Implemented Community-Clinic Health Worker Approach to Providing Long-Term Care for Hypertension in a Remote Region of Southern India. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Dec 28; 5(4):668-677.

Narayana S, Rajkomar A, Harrison JD, Valencia V, Dhaliwal G, Ranji SR. What Happened to My Patient? An Educational Intervention to Facilitate Postdischarge Patient Follow-Up. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Oct; 9(5):627-633.

Asao S, Lewis B, Harrison JD, Glass M, Brock T, Dandu M, Le P. . Ethics simulation in global health. MedEd Portal. 2017; (3).

Najafi N, Harrison JD, Duong J, Greenberg A, Cheng HQ. It All Just Clicks: Development of an Inpatient E-Consult Program. J Hosp Med. 2017 May; 12(5):332-334.

Monash B, Najafi N, Mourad M, Rajkomar A, Ranji SR, Fang MC, Glass M, Milev D, Ding Y, Shen A, Sharpe BA, Harrison JD. Standardized Attending Rounds to Improve the Patient Experience: A Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. J Hosp Med. 2017 Mar; 12(3):143-149.

Duong JA, Jensen TP, Morduchowicz S, Mourad M, Harrison JD, Ranji SR. Exploring Physician Perspectives of Residency Holdover Handoffs: A Qualitative Study to Understand an Increasingly Important Type of Handoff. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Jun; 32(6):654-659.

Gupta R, Moriates C, Harrison JD, Valencia V, Ong M, Clarke R, Steers N, Hays RD, Braddock CH, Wachter R. Development of a high-value care culture survey: a modified Delphi process and psychometric evaluation. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Jun; 26(6):475-483.

Harrison JD, Logar T, Le P, Glass M. What Are the Ethical Issues Facing Global-Health Trainees Working Overseas? A Multi-Professional Qualitative Study. Healthcare (Basel). 2016 Jul 13; 4(3).

Patel H, Fang MC, Harrison JD, Auerbach A, Kangelaris KN. Implementation and evaluation of a "works-in-progress" session to promote scholarship in an academic hospitalist group. J Hosp Med. 2016 Oct; 11(10):719-723.

Chao MT, Chang A, Reddy S, Harrison JD, Acquah J, Toveg M, Santana T, Hecht FM. Adjunctive acupuncture for pain and symptom management in the inpatient setting: protocol for a pilot hybrid effectiveness-implementation study. J Integr Med. 2016 May; 14(3):228-38.

Harrison JD, Greysen RS, Jacolbia R, Nguyen A, Auerbach AD. Not ready, not set…discharge: Patient-reported barriers to discharge readiness at an academic medical center. J Hosp Med. 2016 Sep; 11(9):610-4.

Greysen SR, Harrison JD, Kripalani S, Vasilevskis E, Robinson E, Metlay J, Schnipper JL, Meltzer D, Sehgal N, Ruhnke GW, Williams MV, Auerbach AD. Understanding patient-centred readmission factors: a multi-site, mixed-methods study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Jan; 26(1):33-41.

Shaw JM, Young JM, Butow PN, Badgery-Parker T, Durcinoska I, Harrison JD, Davidson PM, Martin D, Sandroussi C, Hollands M, Joseph D, Das A, Lam V, Johnston E, Solomon MJ. Improving psychosocial outcomes for caregivers of people with poor prognosis gastrointestinal cancers: a randomized controlled trial (Family Connect). Support Care Cancer. 2016 Feb; 24(2):585-595.

Najafi N, Monash B, Mourad M, Ding Y, Glass M, Burrell GJ, Harrison JD. Improving attending rounds: Qualitative reflections from multidisciplinary providers. Hosp Pract (1995). 2015; 43(3):186-90.

Logar T, Le P, Harrison JD, Glass M. Teaching corner: "first do no harm": teaching global health ethics to medical trainees through experiential learning. J Bioeth Inq. 2015 Mar; 12(1):69-78.

De-loyde KJ, Harrison JD, Durcinoska I, Shepherd HL, Solomon MJ, Young JM. Which information source is best? Concordance between patient report, clinician report and medical records of patient co-morbidity and adjuvant therapy health information. J Eval Clin Pract. 2015 Apr; 21(2):339-46.

Butcher BW, Quist CE, Harrison JD, Ranji SR. The effect of a rapid response team on resident perceptions of education and autonomy. J Hosp Med. 2015 Jan; 10(1):8-12.

Harrison JD, Auerbach AD, Quinn K, Kynoch E, Mourad M. Assessing the impact of nurse post-discharge telephone calls on 30-day hospital readmission rates. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Nov; 29(11):1519-25.

Milne T, Solomon MJ, Lee P, Young JM, Stalley P, Harrison JD, Austin KK. Sacral resection with pelvic exenteration for advanced primary and recurrent pelvic cancer: a single-institution experience of 100 sacrectomies. Dis Colon Rectum. 2014 Oct; 57(10):1153-61.

Lansom JD, Rowe S, Sandroussi C, Harrison JD, Solomon M, McCaughan G, Crawford M. Factors influencing donor and recipient decision making in adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation: a survey of a non-transplant population. ANZ J Surg. 2017 Mar; 87(3):177-181.

Lyon A, Solomon MJ, Harrison JD. A qualitative study assessing the barriers to implementation of enhanced recovery after surgery. World J Surg. 2014 Jun; 38(6):1374-80.

Milne T, Solomon MJ, Lee P, Young JM, Stalley P, Harrison JD. Assessing the impact of a sacral resection on morbidity and survival after extended radical surgery for locally recurrent rectal cancer. Ann Surg. 2013 Dec; 258(6):1007-13.

Young JM, Butow PN, Walsh J, Durcinoska I, Dobbins TA, Rodwell L, Harrison JD, White K, Gilmore A, Hodge B, Hicks H, Smith S, O'Connor G, Byrne CM, Meagher AP, Jancewicz S, Sutherland A, Ctercteko G, Pathma-Nathan N, Curtin A, Townend D, Abraham NS, Longfield G, Rangiah D, Young CJ, Eyers A, Lee P, Fisher D, Solomon MJ. Multicenter randomized trial of centralized nurse-led telephone-based care coordination to improve outcomes after surgical resection for colorectal cancer: the CONNECT intervention. J Clin Oncol. 2013 Oct 01; 31(28):3585-91.

Chew MH, Brown WE, Masya L, Harrison JD, Myers E, Solomon MJ. Clinical, MRI, and PET-CT criteria used by surgeons to determine suitability for pelvic exenteration surgery for recurrent rectal cancers: a Delphi study. Dis Colon Rectum. 2013 Jun; 56(6):717-25.

Harrison JD, Durcinoska I, Butow PN, White K, Solomon MJ, Young JM. Localized versus centralized nurse-delivered telephone services for people in follow up for cancer: opinions of cancer clinicians. Asia Pac J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jun; 10(2):175-82.

Harrison JD, Young JM, Butow PN, Solomon MJ. Needs in health care: what beast is that? Int J Health Serv. 2013; 43(3):567-85.

Shaw J, Harrison J, Young J, Butow P, Sandroussi C, Martin D, Solomon M. Coping with newly diagnosed upper gastrointestinal cancer: a longitudinal qualitative study of family caregivers' role perception and supportive care needs. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Mar; 21(3):749-56.

Lambert SD, Harrison JD, Smith E, Bonevski B, Carey M, Lawsin C, Paul C, Girgis A. The unmet needs of partners and caregivers of adults diagnosed with cancer: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2012 Sep; 2(3):224-30.

Harun A, Harrison JD, Young JM. Interventions to improve patient participation in the treatment process for culturally and linguistically diverse people with cancer: a systematic review. Asia Pac J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jun; 9(2):99-109.

Jorgensen ML, Young JM, Harrison JD, Solomon MJ. Unmet supportive care needs in colorectal cancer: differences by age. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Jun; 20(6):1275-81.

Harrison JD, Young JM, Solomon MJ, Butow PN, Secomb R, Masya L. Randomized pilot evaluation of the supportive care intervention "CONNECT" for people following surgery for colorectal cancer. Dis Colon Rectum. 2011 May; 54(5):622-31.

Anderson C, Carter J, Nattress K, Beale P, Philp S, Harrison J, Juraskova I. "The booklet helped me not to panic": a pilot of a decision aid for asymptomatic women with ovarian cancer and with rising CA-125 levels. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2011 May; 21(4):737-43.

Field CJ, Robinson S, Mackay S, Harrison JD, Marshall NS. Clinical equipoise in sleep surgery: investigating clinical trial targets. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Aug; 145(2):347-53.

Walsh J, Harrison JD, Young JM, Butow PN, Solomon MJ, Masya L. What are the current barriers to effective cancer care coordination? A qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2010 May 20; 10:132.

Masya LM, Young JM, Solomon MJ, Harrison JD, Dennis RJ, Salkeld GP. Preferences for outcomes of treatment for rectal cancer: patient and clinician utilities and their application in an interactive computer-based decision aid. Dis Colon Rectum. 2009 Dec; 52(12):1994-2002.

Harrison JD, Juraskova I, Anderson C, Nattress K, Beale P, Lopez AL, Carter J. Rising cancer antigen 125 level and the type and timing of treatment for recurrent ovarian cancer: a clinical dilemma, but what would women do? Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2009 Aug; 19(6):1037-46.

Young J, Harrison J, Solomon M, Butow P, Dennis R, Robson D, Auld S. Development and feasibility assessment of telephone-delivered supportive care to improve outcomes for patients with colorectal cancer: pilot study of the CONNECT intervention. Support Care Cancer. 2010 Apr; 18(4):461-70.

Harrison JD, Young JM, Price MA, Butow PN, Solomon MJ. What are the unmet supportive care needs of people with cancer? A systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2009 Aug; 17(8):1117-28.

Harrison JD, Masya L, Butow P, Solomon M, Young J, Salkeld G, Whelan T. Implementing patient decision support tools: moving beyond academia? Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Jul; 76(1):120-5.

Young JM, Solomon MJ, Harrison JD, Salkeld G, Butow P. Measuring patient preference and surgeon choice. Surgery. 2008 May; 143(5):582-8.

Harrison JD, Choy ET, Spillane A, Butow P, Young JM, Evans A. Australian breast cancer specialists' involvement in multidisciplinary treatment planning meetings. Breast. 2008 Aug; 17(4):335-40.

Harrison JD, Solomon MJ, Young JM, Meagher A, Butow P, Salkeld G, Hruby G, Clarke S. Patient and physician preferences for surgical and adjuvant treatment options for rectal cancer. Arch Surg. 2008 Apr; 143(4):389-94.

Butow P, Harrison JD, Choy ET, Young JM, Spillane A, Evans A. Health professional and consumer views on involving breast cancer patients in the multidisciplinary discussion of their disease and treatment plan. Cancer. 2007 Nov 01; 110(9):1937-44.

Byrne CM, Harrison JD, Young JM, Selby WS, Solomon MJ. Including the questionnaire with an invitation letter did not improve a telephone survey's response rate. J Clin Epidemiol. 2007 Dec; 60(12):1312-4.

Harrison JD, Solomon MJ, Young JM, Meagher A, Hruby G, Salkeld G, Clarke S. Surgical and oncology trials for rectal cancer: who will participate? Surgery. 2007 Jul; 142(1):94-101.

Byrne CM, Solomon MJ, Young JM, Selby W, Harrison JD. Patient preferences between surgical and medical treatment in Crohn's disease. Dis Colon Rectum. 2007 May; 50(5):586-97.

Young JM, O'brien C, Harrison JD, Solomon MJ. Clinical trials in head and neck oncology: an evaluation of clinicians' willingness to participate. Head Neck. 2006 Mar; 28(3):235-43.

Harrison JD, Young JM, Butow P, Salkeld G, Solomon MJ. Is it worth the risk? A systematic review of instruments that measure risk propensity for use in the health setting. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Mar; 60(6):1385-96.

Young J, Harrison J, White G, May J, Solomon M. Developing measures of surgeons' equipoise to assess the feasibility of randomized controlled trials in vascular surgery. Surgery. 2004 Nov; 136(5):1070-6.