Faculty ProfilesChristine Ritchie, MD
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Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM, is the Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor in Clinical Translational Research and Aging in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).
A graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, she completed her internal medicine residency, chief residency and geriatric fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is a board certified geriatrician and palliative care physician and has a long-standing experience in clinical care delivery models, medical home care and advanced illness research. She is a recipient of an NIA-funded Geriatric Academic Leadership Award in Advanced Illness and Multimorbidity. She is also an inaugural member of the NIH-funded national Palliative Care Research Cooperative. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Palliative Medicine, serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and is on the Board of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Ritchie serves on the Public Policy and Research Committees of the American Academy of Homecare Physicians, has built and directed integrated health care programs that included medical house calls and has previously created a highly successful medical registry for managing patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in two health care systems.
Dr. Ritchie's goal is to build a research program at UCSF at the interface of palliative care and geriatrics that seeks to improve quality of life and patient outcomes for those experiencing complex serious illnesses. Emphasis areas are in the area of chronic serious illness, multimorbidity, symptom burden and patient care complexity. She is currently studying the impact of symptom burden on health care utilization in individuals with multiple chronic conditions including cancer. She is also evaluating how patient-centered monitoring technology can be used to support patients and families with serious illness in their transition from the hospital to home.
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Recent Articles (159)
Ritchie C, Andersen R, Eng J, Garrigues SK, Intinarelli G, Kao H, Kawahara S, Patel K, Sapiro L, Thibault A, Tunick E, Barnes DE. Implementation of an Interdisciplinary, Team-Based Complex Care Support Health Care Model at an Academic Medical Center: Impact on Health Care Utilization and Quality of Life. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0148096.
Kamal AH, Bull J, Ritchie CS, Kutner JS, Hanson LC, Friedman F, Taylor DH. Adherence to Measuring What Matters Measures Using Point-of-Care Data Collection Across Diverse Clinical Settings. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Mar; 51(3):497-503.
Wright AA, Keating NL, Ayanian JZ, Chrischilles EA, Kahn KL, Ritchie CS, Weeks JC, Earle CC, Landrum MB. Family Perspectives on Aggressive Cancer Care Near the End of Life. JAMA. 2016 Jan 19; 315(3):284-92.
Bakitas MA, Elk R, Astin M, Ceronsky L, Clifford KN, Dionne-Odom JN, Emanuel LL, Fink RM, Kvale E, Levkoff S, Ritchie C, Smith T. Systematic Review of Palliative Care in the Rural Setting. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):450-64.
Nikolich-Žugich J, Goldman DP, Cohen PR, Cortese D, Fontana L, Kennedy BK, Mohler MJ, Olshansky SJ, Perls T, Perry D, Richardson A, Ritchie C, Wertheimer AM, Faragher RG, Fain MJ. Preparing for an Aging World: Engaging Biogerontologists, Geriatricians, and the Society. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Apr; 71(4):435-44.
Stephens C, Halifax E, Bui N, Lee SJ, Harrington C, Shim J, Ritchie C. Provider Perspectives on the Influence of Family on Nursing Home Resident Transfers to the Emergency Department: Crises at the End of Life. Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2015; 2015:893062.
Ornstein KA, Leff B, Covinsky KE, Ritchie CS, Federman AD, Roberts L, Kelley AS, Siu AL, Szanton SL. Epidemiology of the Homebound Population in the United States. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 175(7):1180-6.
Kutner JS, Blatchford PJ, Taylor DH, Ritchie CS, Bull JH, Fairclough DL, Hanson LC, LeBlanc TW, Samsa GP, Wolf S, Aziz NM, Currow DC, Ferrell B, Wagner-Johnston N, Zafar SY, Cleary JF, Dev S, Goode PS, Kamal AH, Kassner C, Kvale EA, McCallum JG, Ogunseitan AB, Pantilat SZ, Portenoy RK, Prince-Paul M, Sloan JA, Swetz KM, Von Gunten CF, Abernethy AP. Safety and benefit of discontinuing statin therapy in the setting of advanced, life-limiting illness: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May; 175(5):691-700.
Zulman DM, Pal Chee C, Wagner TH, Yoon J, Cohen DM, Holmes TH, Ritchie C, Asch SM. Multimorbidity and healthcare utilisation among high-cost patients in the US Veterans Affairs Health Care System. BMJ Open. 2015; 5(4):e007771.
Currow DC, Clark K, Kamal A, Collier A, Agar MR, Lovell MR, Phillips JL, Ritchie C. The Population Burden of Chronic Symptoms that Substantially Predate the Diagnosis of a Life-Limiting Illness. J Palliat Med. 2015 Jun; 18(6):480-5.
Merlin JS, Westfall AO, Chamot E, Saag M, Walcott M, Ritchie C, Kertesz S. Quantitative Evaluation of an Instrument to Identify Chronic Pain in HIV-Infected Individuals. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2015 Jun; 31(6):623-7.
Kvale EA, Meneses K, Demark-Wahnefried W, Bakitas M, Ritchie C. Formative research in the development of a care transition intervention in breast cancer survivors. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2015 Aug; 19(4):329-35.
Miaskowski C, Dunn L, Ritchie C, Paul SM, Cooper B, Aouizerat BE, Alexander K, Skerman H, Yates P. Latent Class Analysis Reveals Distinct Subgroups of Patients Based on Symptom Occurrence and Demographic and Clinical Characteristics. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Jul; 50(1):28-37.
Yates P, Miaskowski C, Cataldo JK, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Alexander K, Aouizerat B, Dunn L, Ritchie C, McCarthy A, Skerman H. Differences in Composition of Symptom Clusters Between Older and Younger Oncology Patients. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Jun; 49(6):1025-34.
Phillips J, Dal Grande E, Ritchie C, Abernethy AP, Currow DC. A population-based cross-sectional study that defined normative population data for the Life-Space Mobility Assessment-composite score. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 May; 49(5):885-93.
Lee SJ, Ritchie CS, Yaffe K, Stijacic Cenzer I, Barnes DE. A clinical index to predict progression from mild cognitive impairment to dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. PLoS One. 2014; 9(12):e113535.
Merlin JS, Walcott M, Ritchie C, Herbey I, Kertesz SG, Chamot E, Saag M, Turan JM. 'Two pains together': patient perspectives on psychological aspects of chronic pain while living with HIV. PLoS One. 2014; 9(11):e111765.
Sheppard KD, Ford CR, Sawyer P, Foley KT, Harada CN, Brown CJ, Ritchie CS. The interprofessional clinical experience: interprofessional education in the nursing home. J Interprof Care. 2015 Mar; 29(2):170-2.
Merlin JS, Turan JM, Herbey I, Westfall AO, Starrels JL, Kertesz SG, Saag MS, Ritchie CS. Aberrant drug-related behaviors: a qualitative analysis of medical record documentation in patients referred to an HIV/chronic pain clinic. Pain Med. 2014 Oct; 15(10):1724-33.
Mgbemena O, Westfall AO, Ritchie CS, Hicks J, Raper JL, Overton ET, Norton WE, Merlin JS. Preliminary outcomes of a pilot physical therapy program for HIV-infected patients with chronic pain. AIDS Care. 2015; 27(2):244-7.
Abernethy AP, Capell WH, Aziz NM, Ritchie C, Prince-Paul M, Bennett RE, Kutner JS. Ethical conduct of palliative care research: enhancing communication between investigators and institutional review boards. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Dec; 48(6):1211-21.
Dhruva A, Aouizerat BE, Cooper B, Paul SM, Dodd M, West C, Wara W, Lee K, Dunn LB, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, Baggott C, Cataldo J, Ritchie C, Kober KM, Leutwyler H, Miaskowski C. Cytokine gene associations with self-report ratings of morning and evening fatigue in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Biol Res Nurs. 2015 Mar; 17(2):175-84.
Kelley AS, Langa KM, Smith AK, Cagle J, Ornstein K, Silveira MJ, Nicholas L, Covinsky KE, Ritchie CS. Leveraging the health and retirement study to advance palliative care research. J Palliat Med. 2014 May; 17(5):506-11.
Merlin JS, Walcott MM, Herbey I, Chamot E, Ritchie C, Saag MS, Kertesz S. Qualitative investigation of a Brief Chronic Pain Screening tool in HIV-infected patients. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2014 Apr; 28(4):176-82.
Buys DR, Roth DL, Ritchie CS, Sawyer P, Allman RM, Funkhouser EM, Hovater M, Locher JL. Nutritional risk and body mass index predict hospitalization, nursing home admissions, and mortality in community-dwelling older adults: results from the UAB Study of Aging with 8.5 years of follow-up. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2014 Sep; 69(9):1146-53.
Azuero CB, Harris GM, Allen RS, Williams BR, Kvale E, Ritchie CS. Team-based volunteerism with the seriously ill: a qualitative analysis from 10 volunteers' perspectives. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2014; 10(3):282-95.
Haas MC, Bodner EV, Brown CJ, Bryan D, Buys DR, Keita AD, Flagg LA, Goss A, Gower B, Hovater M, Hunter G, Ritchie CS, Roth DL, Wingo BC, Ard J, Locher JL. Calorie restriction in overweight seniors: response of older adults to a dieting study: the CROSSROADS randomized controlled clinical trial. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 2014; 33(4):376-400.
Merriman JD, Aouizerat BE, Cataldo JK, Dunn L, Cooper BA, West C, Paul SM, Baggott CR, Dhruva A, Kober K, Langford DJ, Leutwyler H, Ritchie CS, Abrams G, Dodd M, Elboim C, Hamolsky D, Melisko M, Miaskowski C. Association between an interleukin 1 receptor, type I promoter polymorphism and self-reported attentional function in women with breast cancer. Cytokine. 2014 Feb; 65(2):192-201.
Merlin JS, Westfall AO, Chamot E, Overton ET, Willig JH, Ritchie C, Saag MS, Mugavero MJ. Pain is independently associated with impaired physical function in HIV-infected patients. Pain Med. 2013 Dec; 14(12):1985-93.
Ritchie CS, Hearld KR, Gross A, Allman R, Sawyer P, Sheppard K, Salanitro A, Locher J, Brown CJ, Roth DL. Measuring symptoms in community-dwelling older adults: the psychometric properties of a brief symptom screen. Med Care. 2013 Oct; 51(10):949-55.
Molony E, Westfall AO, Perry BA, Tucker R, Ritchie C, Saag M, Mugavero M, Sullivan JC, Merlin JS. Low back pain and associated imaging findings among HIV-infected patients referred to an HIV/palliative care clinic. Pain Med. 2014 Mar; 15(3):418-24.
Locher JL, Vickers KS, Buys DR, Ellis A, Lawrence JC, Newton LE, Roth DL, Ritchie CS, Bales CW. A randomized controlled trial of a theoretically-based behavioral nutrition intervention for community elders: lessons learned from the Behavioral Nutrition Intervention for Community Elders Study. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Dec; 113(12):1675-82.
Dhruva A, Aouizerat BE, Cooper B, Paul SM, Dodd M, West C, Wara W, Lee K, Dunn LB, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, Baggott C, Cataldo J, Ritchie C, Kober K, Leutwyler H, Miaskowski C. Differences in morning and evening fatigue in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Dec; 17(6):841-8.
Ritchie C, Dunn LB, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Skerman H, Merriman JD, Aouizerat B, Alexander K, Yates P, Cataldo J, Miaskowski C. Differences in the symptom experience of older oncology outpatients. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Apr; 47(4):697-709.
Ford CR, Foley KT, Ritchie CS, Sheppard K, Sawyer P, Swanson M, Harada CN, Brown CJ. Creation of an interprofessional clinical experience for healthcare professions trainees in a nursing home setting. Med Teach. 2013 Jul; 35(7):544-8.
Bowling CB, Booth JN, Safford MM, Whitson HE, Ritchie CS, Wadley VG, Cushman M, Howard VJ, Allman RM, Muntner P. Nondisease-specific problems and all-cause mortality in the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 May; 61(5):739-46.
Merlin JS, Zinski A, Norton WE, Ritchie CS, Saag MS, Mugavero MJ, Treisman G, Hooten WM. A conceptual framework for understanding chronic pain in patients with HIV. Pain Pract. 2014 Mar; 14(3):207-16.
Perry BA, Westfall AO, Molony E, Tucker R, Ritchie C, Saag MS, Mugavero MJ, Merlin JS. Characteristics of an ambulatory palliative care clinic for HIV-infected patients. J Palliat Med. 2013 Aug; 16(8):934-7.
Merriman JD, Aouizerat BE, Langford DJ, Cooper BA, Baggott CR, Cataldo JK, Dhruva A, Dunn L, West C, Paul SM, Ritchie CS, Swift PS, Miaskowski C. Preliminary evidence of an association between an interleukin 6 promoter polymorphism and self-reported attentional function in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Biol Res Nurs. 2014 Apr; 16(2):152-9.
Locher JL, Bonner JA, Carroll WR, Caudell JJ, Allison JJ, Kilgore ML, Ritchie CS, Tajeu GS, Yuan Y, Roth DL. Patterns of prophylactic gastrostomy tube placement in head and neck cancer patients: a consideration of the significance of social support and practice variation. Laryngoscope. 2013 Aug; 123(8):1918-25.
Cataldo JK, Paul S, Cooper B, Skerman H, Alexander K, Aouizerat B, Blackman V, Merriman J, Dunn L, Ritchie C, Yates P, Miaskowski C. Differences in the symptom experience of older versus younger oncology outpatients: a cross-sectional study. BMC Cancer. 2013; 13:6.
Kim DJ, Westfall AO, Chamot E, Willig AL, Mugavero MJ, Ritchie C, Burkholder GA, Crane HM, Raper JL, Saag MS, Willig JH. Multimorbidity patterns in HIV-infected patients: the role of obesity in chronic disease clustering. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Dec 15; 61(5):600-5.
Sheppard KD, Brown CJ, Hearld KR, Roth DL, Sawyer P, Locher JL, Allman RM, Ritchie CS. Symptom burden predicts nursing home admissions among older adults. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Oct; 46(4):591-7.
Merlin JS, Westfall AO, Raper JL, Zinski A, Norton WE, Willig JH, Gross R, Ritchie CS, Saag MS, Mugavero MJ. Pain, mood, and substance abuse in HIV: implications for clinic visit utilization, antiretroviral therapy adherence, and virologic failure. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Oct 1; 61(2):164-70.
Levy MH, Adolph MD, Back A, Block S, Codada SN, Dalal S, Deshields TL, Dexter E, Dy SM, Knight SJ, Misra S, Ritchie CS, Sauer TM, Smith T, Spiegel D, Sutton L, Taylor RM, Temel J, Thomas J, Tickoo R, Urba SG, Von Roenn JH, Weems JL, Weinstein SM, Freedman-Cass DA, Bergman MA. Palliative care. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2012 Oct 1; 10(10):1284-309.
Salanitro AH, Hovater M, Hearld KR, Roth DL, Sawyer P, Locher JL, Bodner E, Brown CJ, Allman RM, Ritchie CS. Symptom burden predicts hospitalization independent of comorbidity in community-dwelling older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Sep; 60(9):1632-7.
Ritchie C, Richman J, Sobko H, Bodner E, Phillips B, Houston T. The E-coach transition support computer telephony implementation study: protocol of a randomized trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Nov; 33(6):1172-9.
Martin MY, Sanders S, Griffin JM, Oster RA, Ritchie C, Phelan SM, Atienza AA, Kahn K, van Ryn M. Racial variation in the cancer caregiving experience: a multisite study of colorectal and lung cancer caregivers. Cancer Nurs. 2012 Jul-Aug; 35(4):249-56.
Ritchie C, Dann L, Ford P. Shared learning for oral health therapy and dental students: enhanced understanding of roles and responsibilities through interprofessional education. Eur J Dent Educ. 2013 Feb; 17(1):e56-63.
Magnuson JS, Durst J, Rosenthal EL, Carroll WR, Ritchie CS, Kilgore ML, Locher JL. Increased likelihood of long-term gastrostomy tube dependence in head and neck cancer survivors without partners. Head Neck. 2013 Mar; 35(3):420-5.
Salanitro AH, Ritchie CS, Hovater M, Roth DL, Sawyer P, Locher JL, Bodner E, Brown CJ, Allman RM. Inflammatory biomarkers as predictors of hospitalization and death in community-dwelling older adults. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2012 May-Jun; 54(3):e387-91.
Locher JL, Bonner JA, Carroll WR, Caudell JJ, Kilgore ML, Ritchie CS, Roth DL, Tajeu GS, Yuan Y, Allison JJ. Gastrostomy tube placement and use in patients with head and neck cancer. Head Neck. 2012 Mar; 34(3):422-8.
Locher JL, Bonner JA, Carroll WR, Caudell JJ, Keith JN, Kilgore ML, Ritchie CS, Roth DL, Tajeu GS, Allison JJ. Prophylactic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement in treatment of head and neck cancer: a comprehensive review and call for evidence-based medicine. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2011 May; 35(3):365-74.
Locher JL, Bales CW, Ellis AC, Lawrence JC, Newton L, Ritchie CS, Roth DL, Buys DL, Vickers KS. A theoretically based Behavioral Nutrition Intervention for Community Elders at high risk: the B-NICE randomized controlled clinical trial. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 2011; 30(4):384-402.
Abernethy AP, Aziz NM, Basch E, Bull J, Cleeland CS, Currow DC, Fairclough D, Hanson L, Hauser J, Ko D, Lloyd L, Morrison RS, Otis-Green S, Pantilat S, Portenoy RK, Ritchie C, Rocker G, Wheeler JL, Zafar SY, Kutner JS. A strategy to advance the evidence base in palliative medicine: formation of a palliative care research cooperative group. J Palliat Med. 2010 Dec; 13(12):1407-13.
De Sousa M, Smith D, Corcoran A, Bailey FA, Furman C, Ritchie C, Rosenfeld K, Shreve S, Casarett D. Families' perceptions of inpatient and home hospice care at end-of-life. Arch Intern Med. 2010 Nov 8; 170(20):1856-7.
Yang Y, Brown CJ, Burgio KL, Kilgore ML, Ritchie CS, Roth DL, West DS, Locher JL. Undernutrition at baseline and health services utilization and mortality over a 1-year period in older adults receiving Medicare home health services. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2011 May; 12(4):287-94.
Locher JL, Robinson CO, Bailey FA, Carroll WR, Heimburger DC, Saif MW, Tajeu G, Ritchie CS. Disruptions in the organization of meal preparation and consumption among older cancer patients and their family caregivers. Psychooncology. 2010 Sep; 19(9):967-74.
Lu H, Trancik E, Bailey FA, Ritchie C, Rosenfeld K, Shreve S, Furman C, Smith D, Wolff C, Casarett D. Families' perceptions of end-of-life care in Veterans Affairs versus non-Veterans Affairs facilities. J Palliat Med. 2010 Aug; 13(8):991-6.
Sun Y, Roth DL, Ritchie CS, Burgio KL, Locher JL. Reliability and predictive validity of energy intake measures from the 24-hour dietary recalls of homebound older adults. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 May; 110(5):773-8.
Alici Y, Smith D, Lu HL, Bailey A, Shreve S, Rosenfeld K, Ritchie C, Casarett DJ. Families' perceptions of veterans' distress due to post-traumatic stress disorder-related symptoms at the end of life. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010 Mar; 39(3):507-14.
Ahmed AA, Hays CI, Liu B, Aban IB, Sims RV, Aronow WS, Ritchie CS, Ahmed A. Predictors of in-hospital mortality among hospitalized nursing home residents: an analysis of the National Hospital Discharge Surveys 2005-2006. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2010 Jan; 11(1):52-8.
Tilden LB, Williams BR, Tucker RO, MacLennan PA, Ritchie CS. Surgeons' attitudes and practices in the utilization of palliative and supportive care services for patients with a sudden advanced illness. J Palliat Med. 2009 Nov; 12(11):1037-42.
Locher JL, Robinson CO, Bailey FA, Carroll WR, Heimburger DC, Magnuson JS, Saif MW, Ritchie CS. The contribution of social factors to undereating in older adults with cancer. J Support Oncol. 2009 Sep-Oct; 7(5):168-73.
Kvale EA, Clay OJ, Ross-Meadows LA, McGee JS, Edwards JD, Unverzagt FW, Ritchie CS, Ball KK. Cognitive speed of processing and functional declines in older cancer survivors: an analysis of data from the ACTIVE trial. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2010 Jan 1; 19(1):110-7.
Ritchie C, Ekundayo OJ, Muchimba M, Campbell RC, Frank SJ, Liu B, Aban IB, Ahmed A. Effects of diabetes mellitus in patients with heart failure and chronic kidney disease: a propensity-matched study of multimorbidity in chronic heart failure. Int J Cardiol. 2009 May 29; 134(3):330-5.
Levy MH, Back A, Benedetti C, Billings JA, Block S, Boston B, Bruera E, Dy S, Eberle C, Foley KM, Karver SB, Knight SJ, Misra S, Ritchie CS, Spiegel D, Sutton L, Urba S, Von Roenn JH, Weinstein SM. NCCN clinical practice guidelines in oncology: palliative care. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2009 Apr; 7(4):436-73.
Kilgore ML, Grabowski DC, Morrisey MA, Ritchie CS, Yun H, Locher JL. The effects of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 on home health and hospice in older adult cancer patients. Med Care. 2009 Mar; 47(3):279-85.
Ekundayo OJ, Muchimba M, Aban IB, Ritchie C, Campbell RC, Ahmed A. Multimorbidity due to diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease and outcomes in chronic heart failure. Am J Cardiol. 2009 Jan 1; 103(1):88-92.
Boyd CM, Ritchie CS, Tipton EF, Studenski SA, Wieland D. From Bedside to Bench: summary from the American Geriatrics Society/National Institute on Aging Research Conference on Comorbidity and Multiple Morbidity in Older Adults. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2008 Jun; 20(3):181-8.
Locher JL, Ritchie CS, Robinson CO, Roth DL, Smith West D, Burgio KL. A multidimensional approach to understanding under-eating in homebound older adults: the importance of social factors. Gerontologist. 2008 Apr; 48(2):223-34.
Ritchie CS, Locher JL, Roth DL, McVie T, Sawyer P, Allman R. Unintentional weight loss predicts decline in activities of daily living function and life-space mobility over 4 years among community-dwelling older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2008 Jan; 63(1):67-75.
Casarett D, Pickard A, Bailey FA, Ritchie CS, Furman CD, Rosenfeld K, Shreve S, Shea J. A nationwide VA palliative care quality measure: the family assessment of treatment at the end of life. J Palliat Med. 2008 Jan-Feb; 11(1):68-75.
Locher JL, Roth DL, Ritchie CS, Cox K, Sawyer P, Bodner EV, Allman RM. Body mass index, weight loss, and mortality in community-dwelling older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2007 Dec; 62(12):1389-92.
Casarett D, Pickard A, Amos Bailey F, Ritchie C, Furman C, Rosenfeld K, Shreve S, Shea JA. Important aspects of end-of-life care among veterans: implications for measurement and quality improvement. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2008 Feb; 35(2):115-25.
Makhija SK, Gilbert GH, Litaker MS, Allman RM, Sawyer P, Locher JL, Ritchie CS. Association between aspects of oral health-related quality of life and body mass index in community-dwelling older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Nov; 55(11):1808-16.
Ahmed A, Aban IB, Vaccarino V, Lloyd-Jones DM, Goff DC, Zhao J, Love TE, Ritchie C, Ovalle F, Gambassi G, Dell'Italia LJ. A propensity-matched study of the effect of diabetes on the natural history of heart failure: variations by sex and age. Heart. 2007 Dec; 93(12):1584-90.
Downing M, Lau F, Lesperance M, Karlson N, Shaw J, Kuziemsky C, Bernard S, Hanson L, Olajide L, Head B, Ritchie C, Harrold J, Casarett D. Meta-analysis of survival prediction with Palliative Performance Scale. J Palliat Care. 2007; 23(4):245-52; discussion 252-4.
Pfeifer MP, Ritchie C, Scharfenberger J, Keeney C, Hermann C, Berwick M, Head B. The Caring Connections Project: Providing palliative care to Medicaid patients with advanced cancer. Lippincotts Case Manag. 2006 Nov-Dec; 11(6):318-26.
Makhija SK, Gilbert GH, Boykin MJ, Litaker MS, Allman RM, Baker PS, Locher JL, Ritchie CS. The relationship between sociodemographic factors and oral health-related quality of life in dentate and edentulous community-dwelling older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Nov; 54(11):1701-12.
Higgins TS, Ritchie CS, Stetson BA, Burke JD, Looney SW. An examination of the moderating effect of treatment with anti-depressants on the association of heart disease with depression in males with type 2 diabetes attending a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2007 Feb; 75(2):220-8.
Furman CD, Head B, Lazor B, Casper B, Ritchie CS. Evaluation of an educational intervention to encourage advance directive discussions between medicine residents and patients. J Palliat Med. 2006 Aug; 9(4):964-7.
Locher JL, Ritchie CS, Roth DL, Baker PS, Bodner EV, Allman RM. Social isolation, support, and capital and nutritional risk in an older sample: ethnic and gender differences. Soc Sci Med. 2005 Feb; 60(4):747-61.
Ritchie CS, Joshipura K, Hung HC, Douglass CW. Nutrition as a mediator in the relation between oral and systemic disease: associations between specific measures of adult oral health and nutrition outcomes. Crit Rev Oral Biol Med. 2002; 13(3):291-300.
Millen BE, Silliman RA, Cantey-Kiser J, Copenhafer DL, Ewart CV, Ritchie CS, Quatromoni PA, Kirkland JL, Chipkin SR, Fearon NA, Lund ME, Garcia PI, Barry PP. Nutritional risk in an urban homebound older population. The nutrition and healthy aging project. J Nutr Health Aging. 2001; 5(4):269-77.
Ritchie CS, Joshipura K, Silliman RA, Miller B, Douglas CW. Oral health problems and significant weight loss among community-dwelling older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2000 Jul; 55(7):M366-71.
Ritchie CS, Dennis CS. Research challenges to recruitment and retention in a study of homebound older adults: lessons learned from the nutritional and dental screening program. Care Manag J. 1999; 1(1):55-61.
Fernandes-Costa FJ, Marshall J, Ritchie C, van Tonder SV, Dunn DS, Jenkins T, Metz J. Transition from a hunter-gatherer to a settled lifestyle in the !Kung San: effect on iron, folate, and vitamin B12 nutrition. Am J Clin Nutr. 1984 Dec; 40(6):1295-303.