Sarah Garrett, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Department||Institute for Health Policy Studies|
|Address||3333 California Street|
San Francisco CA 94104
|University of California, Berkeley||PhD||2013||Sociology|
|University of California, San Diego||BA||2001||Sociology, French Literature|
Sarah B. Garrett, PhD, is a medical and cultural sociologist in the Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. She received a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013. At IHPS Sarah is a part of the Medical Cultures Lab, a newly established social science “laboratory” that is focused on several related initiatives examining the role of culture in the world of medicine. There she directs and is a co-investigator on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded Ethnographic and Qualitative Insights for PCOR (EQUIP) project. The project will develop new methods of analyzing, presenting, and sharing qualitative data in order to make these data more useful in PCOR and to patients and providers more broadly. Sarah has also contributed research and project direction to an NIH-funded study on cancer patients' understanding of and decision-making about participation in early phase clinical trials; and a CTSI-funded study on the ways in which lay Californians perceive the risks and benefits of human tissue biobanking.
For her NSF-funded doctoral research, Sarah conducted a longitudinal study on the ways in which a diverse group of pregnant women in the San Francisco Bay Area perceived prenatal care and birth care options; the origins of those perceptions; and how the perceptions affected their decision-making and postpartum mental health. She collected and analyzed original quantitative (n = 325) and qualitative (n = 67) data for the study. Results have been presented at national conferences and are being prepared for publication.
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