As a clinical nurse for 17 years, my professional background is in primary care, home care, and hospice. My research employs qualitative and mixed methodologies and focuses on relationships among health care professionals. I am concerned with locating the organizational elements and interactional dynamics that facilitate or interfere with safe and effective patient care. At present I am conducting an ethnographic study of a hospice setting located in a large medical center that is in its fourth year. My current focus is on the relationships and interactions among the members of the hospice team and other members of the larger hospital system (administrators, medical specialists) to understand what factors facilitate as well as interfere with end of life patient care.

Previously, I was the first nurse Director and Principle Investigator of the National Health Services Research Fellowship in Primary Care from 2007-2009 in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick.

My recent research has identified issues that interfere with information sharing among oncologists, primary care clinicians (nurse practitioners and family medicine physicians), and their patients, and another study explored the relationships of nurse practitioners and physicians in family medicine practices.


Post Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research, University of Medicine and Dentistry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2000

PhD, Nursing, New York University, Department of Nursing, 1996

Masters, Nursing, New York University, Department of Nursing, 1979

Scholarship / Publications

Selected Publications


DiCicco-Bloom, B, Benjamin DiCicco-Bloom, “The Benefits of Respectful Interactions: Fluid-Alliancing and Inter-Occupational Information Sharing in Primary Care,”Sociology of Health and Illness, accepted January, 2016, scheduled for publication, July 2016.  


DiCicco-Bloom, B & Cunningham, R. (2015) “Complex patients and inter-professional relationships: Perceptions of primary care nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.” Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. March 11: DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12241

DiCicco-Bloom, B & Cunningham, R. (2013) “The Experience of Information Sharing among Primary Care Clinicians with Cancer Survivors and their Oncologists,” Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice, 7 (1): 124-130.

DiCicco-Bloom B, Frederickson K, O’Malley D, Shaw E, Crosson JC, Looney, A. (Sept. 2007) “Developing a model of social capital: Relationships in primary care,” Advances in Nursing Science, 30, 3, 13-24.

DiCicco-Bloom B, Crabtree, B. 2006. "The Qualitative Research Interview." Medical Education, 40(4): 314-321.  
            *Winner of the Silver Quill Award, 2010: Most Downloaded Paper in the Previous Year in the Journal Medical Education.

DiCicco-Bloom, B. 2003. "The Gendered and Racialized Experiences of Immigrant Nurses from Kerala, India." Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 15(1): 26-33.

Hedge, Radha, DiCicco-Bloom, B. 2002. "Working Identities: South Asian Nurses and the Transnational Negotiations of Race and Gender." Qualitative Research Report in Communication, 22: 27-35.

Last Updated: 01.21.2016