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Benjamin F. Crabtree, PhD
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Research Division
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
112 Paterson Street, Room 458
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 848-932-0213
Fax: 732-932-1451

Benjamin Crabtree is a medical anthropologist and is Professor at the Department of Family Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Dr. Crabtree has been a full-time primary care/health services researcher in family medicine for the past 30 years and has contributed to numerous articles and chapters on both qualitative and quantitative methods, covering topics ranging from time series analysis and log-linear models to in-depth interviews, case study research, and qualitative analysis strategies.  Dr. Crabtree is known for his expertise in qualitative research and writes extensively in this area, including editing a book, Doing Qualitative Research.  He was also the lead editor on a book about developing collaborative research teams, Exploring Collaborative Research in Primary Care.  Dr. Crabtree has been principal investigator on numerous NIH funded grants, including a current R01 from the National Cancer Institute investigating cancer survivorship in exemplary PCMH practices.  He also leads the Qualitative Team for ESCALATES (Evaluating System Change to Advance Learning and Take Evidence to Scale) which is the national evaluation of AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW Initiative housed at OHSU.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Washington College (Maryland), 1971 BS Biology
  • University of South Florida, 1982 MA, Applied Anthropology
  • University of Connecticut, 1986 PhD, Medical Anthropology

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 Curtis G. Hames Research Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Development of Family Medicine Research
  • 2007 UMDNJ Foundation Excellence in Research Award
  • 2003 Installed as Fellow in Society for Applied Anthropology

Professional Services

  • Qualitative Health Research (Editorial Board)
  • Family Practice (Editorial Board)
  • Member, UMDNJ-RWJMS Research Committee
  • Member, Department of Family Medicine, Appointments & Promotion Committee

Current Research Projects

  • 2014-2017 “PCMH Implementation Strategies: Implications for Cancer Survivor Care” (NCI R01)

  • 2015-2019 “Evaluating System Change to Advance Learning and Take Evidence to Scale” (AHRQ R01 sub)

  • 2014-2017 “The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Practices Phase II” (RWJF subcontract with GroupHealth, Seattle)

  • 2012-2016 “Working Conference Series to Disseminate PCMH Implementation Strategies” (AHRQ R13)

  • 2005-2011 - “Enhancing Colorectal CA Screening through Learning Teams” (NCI R01)
  • 2009-2014 - “Integrating Practice & Community Cancer Control” (NCI K05)

Selected Publications from more than 200 peered-reviewed manuscripts

  • Crabtree, B.F., and Miller, W.L. (Editors). Doing Qualitative Research in Primary Care: Multiple Strategies (2nd Edition). Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications, 1999.
  • Crabtree BF, Miller WL, Stange KC. Understanding practice from the ground up. J Fam Pract 2001; 50(10):881-887.
  • Crabtree BF, Miller WL, Tallia AF, Cohen DJ, DiCicco-Bloom B, McIlvain HE, Aita VA, Scott JG, Gregory PB, Stange KC, McDaniel RR.  Delivery of Clinical Preventive Services in Family Medicine Offices. Ann Fam Med. 2005; 3(5): 430-435.
  • Solberg LI, Hroscikoski MC, Sperl-Hillen JM, Harper PG, Crabtree BF. Transforming medical care: Case study of an exemplar small medical group. Ann Fam Med. 2006 Mar-Apr;4(2):109-16.
  • Jordan ME, Lanham HJ, Crabtree BF, Nutting PA, Miller WL, Stange KC, McDaniel RR Jr. The role of conversation in health care interventions: enabling sensemaking and learning. Implement Sci, 2009; Mar 13:4:15.
  • Nutting PA, Miller WL, Crabtree BF, Jaen CR, Stewart EE, Stange KC. Initial lessons from the first National Demonstration Project on practice transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Ann Fam Med 2009; 7(3):254-60.
  • Crabtree BF, Miller WL, McDaniel RR, Stange KC, Nutting PA, Jaén CR. A Survivors Guide for Primary Care Physicians. Journal of Family Practice, 2009; 58(8): E1-E7.
  • Crabtree BF, Nutting PA, Miller WL, McDaniel RR, Stange KC, Jaen CR, Stewart EE. Primary care practice transformation is hard work: Insights from a 15 year developmental program of research. Medical Care (in press). Medical Care, 49(Dec Suppl): S28-35, 2011.
  • Howard J, Etz RS, Crocker JB, Skinner D, Kellerher K, Hahn KA, Miller WL, Crabtree BF.  Choosing your words: Is new language for the Patient Centered Home Needed? J Am Board Fam Med, 29(2):248-53, 2016.
  • Solberg LI, Crain AL, Tillema J, Fontaine P, Whitebird R, Flottemesch TJ, Scholle SH, Crabtree BF. Challenges of Medical Home Transformation Reported by 118 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Leaders. J Am Board of Family Medicine, 27(4):449-457, 2014.
  • Friedman A, Hahn K, Etz R, Rehwinkel A, Miller WL, Nutting PA, Jaen CR, Shaw EK, Crabtree BF. A typology of primary care workforce innovations in the United States since 2000. Medical Care, 52(2): 101-111, 2014.
  • Crabtree BF, Chase SM, Wise CG, Schiff GD, Schmidt LA, Goyzueta JR, Malouin RA, Payne SM, Quinn MT, Nutting PA, Miller WL, Jaen CR. Evaluation of Patient Centered Medical Home Transformation Initiatives. Medical Care, 49(1): 10-16, 2011.

For a further list of Dr. Crabtree's publications, please see his CV.