In Memorian: Barbara Starfield

Con profunda tristeza los médicos generales y de familia recibimos la noticia del fallecimiento de Barbara Starfield. Comprometida con la atención primaria, las palabras huelgan y copio aqui, para quienes no la conocieron, su pagina de profesora en John Hopkins, la misma Universidad donde nació el modelo flexneriano y que ella combatió. Tuve el honor de, si bien no conocerla personalmente, leerla en la lista de “Social Determinats of Health”, e intercambiar opiniones a través de e-mails. Hemos perdido a un simbolo de la Atención Primaria, pero su pensamiento seguirá vivo. Mi condolencia también a su amigo, quien me dió la noticia, Juan Gervas.

Barbara Starfield


Academic Degrees
Departmental Affiliation
Health Policy and Management
Affiliation Type:
Primary Care Policy Center
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Affiliation Type:
Departmental Address
452 Hampton House
Contact Information
Personal Website
Research and Professional Experience
Determinants of health and equity in health; effectivenss and equity of health services; assessment of population health; co-morbidity and case mix; primary care and specialty care and their interrelationships; continuity (longitudinality) of care and its effects; comprehensiveness and coordination of care

Honors and Awards
David Luckman Memorial Award, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, 1958. The 1967 Award of The Enuresis Foundation for “significant contribution to knowledge and understanding of enuresis.” Research Scientist Development Award (K02 HS 46225) from the National Center for Health Services Research and Development, 1970-75. Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. Elected 1977. The George Armstrong Award for Work in Advancing the Goals of Improved Patient Care, Teaching, and Research in Ambulatory Pediatrics. The Ambulatory Pediatric Association, May 1983. First Annual Research Award for Contributions to Research in Child Health. The Ambulatory Pediatric Association, May 1990. Residential Scholar, Bellagio Study Center, Rockefeller Foundation, June 9 – July 13, 1990. Special Recognition Award for the Secretary for Health and Human Services (Task Force to Develop Child Health Indicators, 1990), May 1991. First National Primary Care Achievement Award, Pew Charitable Trusts/Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS), 1994. Distinguished Investigator Award, Association for Health Services Research, 1995. American Public Health Association‘s Martha May Eliot Award, 1995. AHSR (Association for Health Services Research) Distinguished Fellow, 1996. Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research, North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), 2000. Honorary Fellow, Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), 2000. Lifetime Achievement Award, Ambulatory Pediatric Association, 2002. Morehouse School of Medicine Excellence in Primary Care Award, 2002

Selected Publications
Gervas J, Starfield B, Heath I. Is clinical prevention better than cure? Lancet 2008; 372:1997-9. Starfield B. Refocusing the system. N Engl J Med 2008; 359(20): 2087, 2091. Lee TH, Bodenheimer T, Goroll AH, Starfield B, Treadway K. Perspective roundtable: redesigning primary care. N Engl J Med 2008; 359(20): e24. Starfield B. Commentary: Access, primary care, and the medical home: rights of passage. Med Care 2008; 46: 1015-16. Starfield B. The biggest bang for the buck: a conversation with Barbara Starfield, M.D., M.P.H. Interview by Sallie Rixey. Md Med 2008; 9(3): 11-3. Rawaf S; De Maeseneer J; Starfield B. From Alma-Ata to Almaty: a new start for primary health care. Lancet 2008; 372(9647): 1365-7. Starfield B. An evidence base for primary care. Managed Care 2008; 17(6): 33-26, 39. Starfield B, Hyde J, Gérvas J, Heath I. The concept of prevention: a good idea gone astray? J Epidemiol Community Health 2008; 62: 580-83. Alonso J, Urzola D, Serra-Sutton V, Tebe C, Starfield B, Riley AW, Rajmil L. Validity of the health profile-types of the Spanish Child Health and Illness Profile – Adolescent Edition (CHIP-AE). Value in Health 2008; 11: 440-9. Starfield B. Editorial: The importance of primary care in health systems. Hong Kong Practitioner 2008; 30: 1-2. Starfield B. Comment: Quality and outcomes framework: patient-centred. Lancet 2008; 372: 692-4. Starfield B. Commentary: Primary care in Canada: coming or going? Healthc Pap 2008; 8: 58-62; discussion 64-7. Starfield B. Social gradients and child health. In Heggenhougen HK, Quah SR (eds.). International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Vol 6, pp. 87-101. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2008. Gervas J, Starfield B, Violan C, Minue S. GPs with special interests: unanswered questions. Br J Gen Pract 2007; 57: 912-7. Starfield B, Fryer GE Jr. The primary care workforce: ethical and policy implications. Ann Fam Med 2007; 5: 486-91. Starfield B, Birn A-E. Income redistribution is not enough: income inequality, social welfare programs, and achieving equity in health. J Epidemiol Community Health 2007; 61: 1038-41. Starfield B. Global health, equity, and primary care. J Am Board Fam Med 2007; 20(6): 511-3. Gérvas J, Starfield B, Minué S, Violan C, Seminario de Innovacion en Atencion Primaria 2007. [Some Causes (and Solutions) of the Loss of Prestige of General Practitioners/Family Doctors. Against the Discrediting of Heroes.]. Aten Primaria 2007; 39(11): 615-8. Beasley JW, Starfield B, vanWeel C, Rosser WW, Haq CL. Global health and primary care research. J Am Board Fam Med 2007; 20(6):518-26. Pueyo M-J, Serra-Sutton V, Alonso J, Starfield B, Rajmil L. Self-reported social class in adolescents: validity and relationship with gradients in self-reported health. BMC Health Services Research 2007; 7:151. Pasarin MI, Berra S, Rajmil L, Solans M, Borrell C, Starfield B. [An instrument to evaluate primary health care from the population perspective]. Aten Primaria 2007; 39 (8): 395-401. Forrest CB, Shadmi E, Nutting PA, Starfield B. Specialty referral completion among primary care patients: results from the ASPN Referral Study. Ann Fam Med 2007; 5: 361-7. Starfield B, Horder J. Interpersonal continuity: old and new perspectives. Br J Gen Pract 2007; 57 (540): 527-9. Starfield B. Pathways of influence on equity in health. Soc Sci Med 2007; 64 (7): 1355-62. Macinko J, Starfield B, Shi L. Quantifying the health benefits of primary care physician supply in the United States. Int J Health Serv 2007; 37(1): 111-26. Starfield B, Gervas J. Family medicine should encourage its clinicians to specialize: negative position. Chapter 10 in Buetow SA and Kenealy TW. Ideological Debates in Family Medicine, pp. 107-119. New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2007. Starfield B, Shi L. Commentary: Primary care and health outcomes: a health services research challenge. Health Serv Res 2007; 42(6 Pt 1): 2252-6. Valderas JM, Starfield B, Salisbury C. Definitions of chronic health conditions in childhood. JAMA 2007; 298: 1636. Valderas JM, Starfield B, Roland M. Multimorbidity’s many challenges: A research priority in the UK. BMJ 2007; 334(7604): 1128. Starfield B, Shi L. Commentary: The impact of primary care and what states can do. North Carolina Medical Journal 2007; 68: 204-7. Starfield B. Editorial: Co-morbidity and its challenges for quality of primary care. Rev Port Clin Geral 2007; 23:179-80. Starfield B. Pathways of influence on equity in health: A rejoinder to Braveman and Wilkinson. Soc Sci Med 2007; 64(7): 1371-2.