Caroline Tietbohl, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Graduate Schools :
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of California–Berkeley (CA) (2008)
Department: Family Medicine


  • Tietbohl CK. Empathic Validation in Physician-Patient Communication: An Approach to Conveying Empathy for Problems With Uncertain Solutions. Qual Health Res. 2021 Dec 11;:10497323211056312. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34894864
  • Tietbohl, C.K. Aging, uncertainty, and independence: how doctors and patients manage growing old in primary care [dissertation]. [Los Angeles (CA)]: UCLA; 2020. 242 p.
  • Timmermans S, Tietbohl C. Fifty years of sociological leadership at Social Science and Medicine. Soc Sci Med. 2018 Jan;196:209-215. PubMed PMID: 29254656
  • Timmermans, S., Tietbohl, C., & Skaperdas, E. (2017). Narrating uncertainty: variants of uncertain significance (VUS) in clinical exome sequencing. BioSocieties, 12(3), 439-458.
  • Frosch, Dominick; Caroline K. Tietbohl and Isabelle Scholl. 2016. “Overcoming Implementation Challenges to Advance Shared Decision-Making in Routine Practice” in Shared Decision Making in Health Care: Achieving Evidence-based Patient Choice. 3rd Edition, edited by Adrian Edwards and Glyn Elwyn. Oxford University Press.
  • Tietbohl CK, Rendle KA, Halley MC, May SG, Lin GA, Frosch DL. Implementation of Patient Decision Support Interventions in Primary Care: The Role of Relational Coordination. Med Decis Making. 2015 Nov;35(8):987-98. PubMed PMID: 26314727
  • Uy V, May SG, Tietbohl C, Frosch DL. Barriers and facilitators to routine distribution of patient decision support interventions: a preliminary study in community-based primary care settings. Health Expect. 2014 Jun;17(3):353-64. PubMed PMID: 22212453
  • May SG, Cheng PH, Tietbohl CK, Trujillo L, Reilly K, Frosch DL, Lin GA. Shared medical appointments to screen for geriatric syndromes: preliminary data from a quality improvement initiative. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Dec;62(12):2415-9. PubMed PMID: 25440111
  • Rendle KA, May SG, Uy V, Tietbohl CK, Mangione CM, Frosch DL. Persistent barriers and strategic practices: why (asking about) the everyday matters in diabetes care. Diabetes Educ. 2013 Jul-Aug;39(4):560-7. PubMed PMID: 23771842
  • Lin GA, Halley M, Rendle KA, Tietbohl C, May SG, Trujillo L, Frosch DL. An effort to spread decision aids in five California primary care practices yielded low distribution, highlighting hurdles. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Feb;32(2):311-20. PubMed PMID: 23381524
  • Elwyn G, Scholl I, Tietbohl C, Mann M, Edwards AG, Clay C, Légaré F, van der Weijden T, Lewis CL, Wexler RM, Frosch DL. "Many miles to go …": a systematic review of the implementation of patient decision support interventions into routine clinical practice. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2013;13 Suppl 2:S14. PubMed PMID: 24625083
  • Frosch DL, May SG, Rendle KA, Tietbohl C, Elwyn G. Authoritarian physicians and patients' fear of being labeled 'difficult' among key obstacles to shared decision making. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 May;31(5):1030-8. PubMed PMID: 22566443
  • Frosch DL, May SG, Tietbohl C, Pagán JA. Living in the "land of no"? Consumer perceptions of healthy lifestyle portrayals in direct-to-consumer advertisements of prescription drugs. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Oct;73(7):995-1002. PubMed PMID: 21843911
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General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of California–Berkeley (CA) (2008)
Department: Family Medicine
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