Little attention has been paid to quality improvement (QI) capacity within smaller primary care practices which comprise nearly half of all primary care settings. Strategies for external support to build such capacity include practice facilitation (PF), shared learning opportunities, and educational outreach. Although PF has proven effectiveness, little is known about the comparative effectiveness of combining these strategies.
Our colleague Cara C. Lewis Ph.D. has been selected to receive the 2016 President's New Researcher Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
The award is based upon an early program of research that reflects factors such as: consistency with the mission of ABCT; independent work published in high-impact journals; and promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field.
In August, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) announced the recipients of its 2016 advanced primary care leadership awards. MacColl Founder and Emeritus Director Ed Wagner MD, MPH was selected by the PCPCC to receive its Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award for "his outstanding dedication to developing and disseminating health care innovations designed to transform the way care is delivered."
Transforming how primary care teams function is key to improving patient outcomes. To help practices adopt a team-based approach, our PCT-LEAP program is collaborating to produce eight webinars as part of the Community Health Center Inc.’s Clinical Workforce Development series. These webinars are designed to help your practice get up to date on the staffing models that drive effective primary care teams.
Primary care practices across the country are shifting to a team-based model of care, prompting the peer-reviewed journal Families, Systems, & Health to devote a full issue to exploring what works when transitioning from a physician-driven culture of patient care to team-based care.
Read Dr. Rachel Solotaroff's first-hand account of how Portland's Old Town Clinic approached opioid use disorder. Old Town is a LEAP site, and its work is featured in the Improving Primary Care Team Guide.
This article on "sacred cows" describes one organization's experience with the de-implementation of unneccessary care. We like its innovative approach.
The MacColl Center does "science on science" — studying ways to promote the integration of scientific discoveries into everyday health care and health-related policies. In the last several years, this type of research has been gaining momentum, but if busy primary care practices don't know about these findings or how to adapt them for real-world use, what good are we doing? How do we, as researchers, overcome the many challenges that keep innovations out of the hands of the people who need them most? Read