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Kea Turner, PhD, MPH, MA

Program: Health Outcomes and Behavior


  Dr. Turner's research focuses on four key areas:  Implementation science, health services research, health informatics, and patient safety and medication management.  


    • Gastrointestinal Oncology
    • Health Outcomes and Behavior
    • Health Outcomes & Behavior Program
    • Health Outcomes & Behavior Program

Education & Training


  Dr. Turner is an implementation scientist and health services researcher. Her research aims to improve the quality of cancer care delivery by evaluating implementation of evidence-based interventions and policies and assessing whether effective implementation improves patient outcomes. Her work has especially focused on the implementation of informatics interventions, such as telemedicine, and medication management and patient safety interventions. As an example, she recently led a study supported by the Community Pharmacy Foundation that examined what factors contributed to successful implementation of a medication management intervention for Medicaid patients with multiple chronic conditions. She is also actively collaborating on a National Institute of Aging funded study examining implementation of hospital falls prevention and a Health Resources and Services Administration funded study examining implementation of telemedicine for rural hospitals.  


  • Wei G, Turner K. Indoor tanning linked to mental health and risk behaviour among US high school students. J Paediatr Child Health. 2021 May.57(5):752-754. Pubmedid: 33792988.
  • Nguyen OT, Alishahi Tabriz A, Huo J, Hanna K, Shea CM, Turner K. Impact of Asynchronous Electronic Communication-Based Visits on Clinical Outcomes and Health Care Delivery: Systematic Review. J Med Internet Res. 2021 May.23(5):e27531. Pubmedid: 33843592. Pmcid: PMC8135030.
  • Nguyen OT, Shah S, Gartland AJ, Parekh A, Turner K, Feldman SS, Merlo LJ. Factors associated with nurse well-being in relation to electronic health record use: A systematic review. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 Jun.28(6):1288-1297. Pubmedid: 33367819. Pmcid: PMC8200260.
  • Hong YR, Yadav S, Suk R, Khanijahani A, Erim D, Turner K. Patient-provider discussion about emotional and social needs, mental health outcomes, and benefit finding among U.S. Adults living with cancer. Cancer Med. 2021 Jun.10(11):3622-3634. Pubmedid: 33960716. Pmcid: PMC8178502.
  • Nguyen OT, Watson AK, Motwani K, Warpinski C, McDilda K, Leon C, Khanna N, Nall RW, Turner K. Patient-Level Factors Associated with Utilization of Telemedicine Services from a Free Clinic During COVID-19. Telemed E-Health. 2021 Jul. Pubmedid: 34255572.
  • Hong YR, Alishahi Tabriz A, Turner K. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Clinical Trial Recruitment in the U.S. Am J Prev Med. 2021 Jul. Pubmedid: 34272135.
  • Turner K, Nguyen O, Hong YR, Tabriz AA, Patel K, Jim HSL. Use of Electronic Health Record Patient Portal Accounts Among Patients With Smartphone-Only Internet Access. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jul.4(7):e2118229. Pubmedid: 34309671. Pmcid: PMC8314137.
  • Stover AM, Kurtzman R, Walker Bissram J, Jansen J, Carr P, Atkinson T, Ellis CT, Freeman AT, Turner K, Basch EM. Stakeholder Perceptions of Key Aspects of High-Quality Cancer Care to Assess with Patient Reported Outcome Measures: A Systematic Review. Cancers (Basel). 2021 Jul.13(14). Pubmedid: 34298841. Pmcid: PMC8306432.
  • Tabriz AA, Neslund-Dudas C, Turner K, Rivera MP, Reuland DS, Lafata JE. How Health-Care Organizations Implement Shared Decision-making When It Is Required for Reimbursement: The Case of Lung Cancer Screening. Chest. 2021 Jan.159(1):413-425. Pubmedid: 32798520. Pmcid: PMC7893305.
  • Hong YR, Xie Z, Turner K, Datta S, Bishnoi R, Shah C. Utilization Pattern of Computed Tomographic Colonography in the United States: Analysis of the U.S. National Health Interview Survey. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2021 Jan.14(1):113-122. Pubmedid: 32938642.
  • Turner K, Wei G, Otto AK, Reblin M. Caregivers' Use of Patient Portals: Findings from a 2019 National Survey. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Jan. Pubmedid: 33506404.
  • Turner K, Weinberger M, Renfro C, Powell BJ, Ferreri S, Trodgon JG, Mark N, Trygstad T, Shea CM. Stages of Change: Moving Community Pharmacies From a Drug Dispensing to Population Health Management Model. Med Care Res Rev. 2021 Feb.78(1):57-67. Pubmedid: 30939978. Pmcid: PMC7453334.
  • Huo J, Hong YR, Turner K, Chen C, Guo Y, Wilkie DJ, Bian J. Geographic variation in palliative care delivery among patients diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer in the USA: Medicare population-based study. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Feb.29(2):813-821. Pubmedid: 32495033.
  • Turner K, Jo A, Wei G, Tabriz AA, Clary A, Jim HSL. Sharing patient-generated data with healthcare providers: findings from a 2019 national survey. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 Feb.28(2):371-376. Pubmedid: 33180896. Pmcid: PMC7883987.
  • Renfro CP, Turner K, Seeto J, Ferreri SP. Medication synchronization adoption and pharmacy performance. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2021 Aug.17(8):1496-1500. Pubmedid: 33234452.
  • Nguyen OT, Jenkins NJ, Khanna N, Shah S, Gartland AJ, Turner K, Merlo LJ. A systematic review of contributing factors of and solutions to electronic health record-related impacts on physician well-being. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 Apr.28(5):974-984. Pubmedid: 33517382. Pmcid: PMC8068432.
  • Klaman SL, Turner K, Lorvick J, Jones HE. Integrating Reproductive and Sexual Health Education and Services Into Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Programs: A Qualitative Study. J Addict Med. 2020 Sep.14(5):e175-e182. Pubmedid: 32271200.
  • Turner K, Bjarnadottir R, Jo A, Repique RJR, Thomas J, Green JF, Staggs VS. Patient Falls and Injuries in U.S. Psychiatric Care: Incidence and Trends. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 Sep.71(9):899-905. Pubmedid: 32600184.
  • Turner K, Clary A, Hong YR, Alishahi Tabriz A, Shea CM. Patient Portal Barriers and Group Differences: Cross-Sectional National Survey Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Sep.22(9):e18870. Pubmedid: 32940620. Pmcid: PMC7530687.
  • Woeppel J, Clark R, Underwood L, Gatwood J, Turner K, Renfro C, Hohmeier KC. The Tennessee medication therapy management program: A hybrid type 2 effectiveness-implementation trial study protocol. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2020 Mar.16(3):315-320. Pubmedid: 31151919.
  • Turner K, Staggs VS, Potter C, Cramer E, Shorr RI, Mion LC. Fall Prevention Practices and Implementation Strategies: Examining Consistency Across Hospital Units. J Patient Saf. 2020 Jul. Pubmedid: 32732628. Pmcid: PMC7854936.
  • Renfro CP, Robinson JM, Turner K, Gaskins T, Ferreri SP. Care coordination and follow-up practices in the community pharmacy setting: A mixed methods study. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2020 Jan.60(4):631-638.e2. Pubmedid: 31919008.
  • Turner K, Staggs V, Potter C, Cramer E, Shorr R, Mion LC. Fall prevention implementation strategies in use at 60 United States hospitals: a descriptive study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2020 Dec.29(12):1000-1007. Pubmedid: 32188712. Pmcid: PMC7501087.
  • Huo J, Hong YR, Turner K, Diaby V, Chen C, Bian J, Grewal R, Wilkie DJ. Timing, Costs, and Survival Outcome of Specialty Palliative Care in Medicare Beneficiaries With Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 Dec.16(12):e1532-e1542. Pubmedid: 33006914.
  • Staggs VS, Turner K, Potter C, Cramer E, Dunton N, Mion LC, Shorr RI. Unit-level variation in bed alarm use in US hospitals. Res Nurs Health. 2020 Aug.43(4):365-372. Pubmedid: 32515837. Pmcid: PMC7413163.
  • Hong YR, Nguyen O, Yadav S, Etzold E, Song J, Duncan RP, Turner K. Early Performance of Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program in Medicare: A Systematic Review. Med Care. 2020 Aug.58(8):734-743. Pubmedid: 32692140.
  • Hong YR, Turner K, Yadav S, Huo J, Mainous AG. Trends in e-visit adoption among U.S. office-based physicians: Evidence from the 2011-2015 NAMCS. Int J Med Inform. 2019 Sep.129:260-266. Pubmedid: 31445265.
  • Turner K, Weinberger M, Renfro C, Ferreri S, Trygstad T, Trogdon J, Shea CM. The role of network ties to support implementation of a community pharmacy enhanced services network. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2019 Sep.15(9):1118-1125. Pubmedid: 30291004.
  • Turner K, Hong YR, Yadav S, Huo J, Mainous AG. Patient portal utilization: before and after stage 2 electronic health record meaningful use. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2019 Oct.26(10):960-967. Pubmedid: 30947331. Pmcid: PMC7647198.
  • Renfro CP, Turner K, Desai R, Counts J, Shea CM, Ferreri SP. Implementation process for comprehensive medication review in the community pharmacy setting. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2019 Nov.59(6):836-841.e2. Pubmedid: 31405803. Pmcid: PMC8128150.
  • Patti M, Renfro CP, Posey R, Wu G, Turner K, Ferreri SP. Systematic review of medication synchronization in community pharmacy practice. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2019 Nov.15(11):1281-1288. Pubmedid: 30482457.
  • Peabody MR, Dai M, Turner K, Peterson LE, Mainous AG. Prevalence and Factors Associated with Family Physicians Providing E-Visits. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Nov.32(6):868-875. Pubmedid: 31704755.
  • Hohmeier KC, Wheeler JS, Turner K, Vick JS, Marchetti ML, Crain J, Brookhart A. Targeting adaptability to improve Medication Therapy Management (MTM) implementation in community pharmacy. Implement Sci. 2019 Nov.14(1):99. Pubmedid: 31775801. Pmcid: PMC6882346.
  • Huo J, Desai R, Hong YR, Turner K, Mainous AG, Bian J. Use of Social Media in Health Communication: Findings From the Health Information National Trends Survey 2013, 2014, and 2017. Cancer Control. 2019 Jan.26(1). Pubmedid: 30995864. Pmcid: PMC6475857.
  • Huo J, Hong YR, Turner K, Bian J, Grewal R, Wilkie DJ. Utilization pattern and service settings of palliative care for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer. 2019 Aug.125(24):4481-4489. Pubmedid: 31449674.
  • Shea CM, Turner K, Alishahi Tabriz A, North S. Implementation Strategies for Telestroke: A Qualitative Study of Telestroke Networks in North Carolina. Telemed E-Health. 2019 Aug.25(8):708-716. Pubmedid: 30192206. Pmcid: PMC6684023.
  • Shea CM, Tabriz AA, Turner K, North S, Reiter KL. Telestroke Adoption Among Community Hospitals in North Carolina: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2018 Sep.27(9):2411-2417. Pubmedid: 29784607. Pmcid: PMC6087669.
  • Smith MG, Ferreri SP, Stafford R, Teeter B, Turner K, Veach S, Shea CM. Development of Community Pharmacy Characteristics Questionnaire: Application of Cognitive Interviewing. Innov Pharm. 2018 Oct.9(3):1-7. Pubmedid: 34007714. Pmcid: PMC6302757.
  • Turner K, Trogdon JG, Weinberger M, Stover AM, Ferreri S, Farley JF, Ray N, Patti M, Renfro C, Shea CM. Testing the organizational theory of innovation implementation effectiveness in a community pharmacy medication management program: a hurdle regression analysis. Implement Sci. 2018 Jul.13(1):105. Pubmedid: 30064454. Pmcid: PMC6069858.
  • Shea CM, Turner K, Albritton J, Reiter KL. Contextual factors that influence quality improvement implementation in primary care: The role of organizations, teams, and individuals. Health Care Manage Rev. 2018 Jul.43(3):261-269. Pubmedid: 29533271. Pmcid: PMC5976517.
  • Shea CM, Turner K, White BA, Zhu Y, Rozier RG. Providers' preferences for pediatric oral health information in the electronic health record: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Pediatr. 2018 Jan.18(1):5. Pubmedid: 29325519. Pmcid: PMC5765629.
  • Birken S, Clary A, Tabriz AA, Turner K, Meza R, Zizzi A, Larson M, Walker J, Charns M. Middle managers' role in implementing evidence-based practices in healthcare: a systematic review. Implement Sci. 2018 Dec.13(1):149. Pubmedid: 30541596. Pmcid: PMC6292008.
  • Turner K, Renfro C, Ferreri S, Roberts K, Pfeiffenberger T, Shea CM. Supporting Community Pharmacies with Implementation of a Web-Based Medication Management Application. Appl Clin Inform. 2018 Apr.9(2):391-402. Pubmedid: 29847843. Pmcid: PMC5976494.
  • Birken SA, Bunger AC, Powell BJ, Turner K, Clary AS, Klaman SL, Yu Y, Whitaker DJ, Self SR, Rostad WL, Chatham JRS, Kirk MA, Shea CM, Haines E, Weiner BJ. Organizational theory for dissemination and implementation research. Implement Sci. 2017 May.12(1):62. Pubmedid: 28499408. Pmcid: PMC5427584.
  • Samuel CA, Turner K, Donovan HAS, Beckjord E, Cardy A, Dew MA, van Londen GJ. Provider perspectives on barriers and facilitators to adjuvant endocrine therapy-related symptom management. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Dec.25(12):3723-3731. Pubmedid: 28681126. Pmcid: PMC5688874.
  • Turner K, Samuel CA, Donovan HA, Beckjord E, Cardy A, Dew MA, van Londen GJ. Provider perspectives on patient-provider communication for adjuvant endocrine therapy symptom management. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Apr.25(4):1055-1061. Pubmedid: 27864628. Pmcid: PMC5363398.
  • Turner K, Klaman SL, Shea CM. Personal health records for people living with HIV: a review. AIDS Care. 2016 Sep.28(9):1181-1187. Pubmedid: 26917113.
  • Klaman SL, Turner K. Prevalence of Perinatal Depression in the Military: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Nov.20(Suppl 1):52-65. Pubmedid: 27531010.
  • Sidibe T, Golin C, Turner K, Fray N, Fogel C, Flynn P, Gould M, Knight K, Wohl D. Provider perspectives regarding the health care needs of a key population: HIV-infected prisoners after incarceration. J Assoc Nurse AIDS C. 2016 Feb.26(5):556-569. Pubmedid: 26279385. Pmcid: PMC4542020.
  • Golden SD, Moracco KE, Feld AL, Turner KL, DeFrank JT, Brewer NT. Process evaluation of an intervention to increase provision of adolescent vaccines at school health centers. Health Educ Behav. 2014 Dec.41(6):625-632. Pubmedid: 24786792.
  • Woods-Jaeger BA, Sparks A, Turner K, Griffith T, Jackson M, Lightfoot AF. Exploring the social and community context of African American adolescents' HIV vulnerability. Qual Health Res. 2013 Nov.23(11):1541-1550. Pubmedid: 24108089.


Title: Head and Neck Cancer Pre-Surgery Education and Discharge Planning: Key Stakeholder Perceptions
Sponsor: Moffitt Cancer Center
PI: Turner, K., CO-PI: Patel, K., CO-PI: Reblin, M.