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
More evidence that medical assistants in an enhanced role as health coaches can significantly impact patients' satisfaction with their care.
We are pleased to offer the Implementing Innovations Into Practice Blog, a resource for northwest-based primary care practices. The region encompasses Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska.
This blog features posts that showcase proven strategies practitioners can use to improve care and financial performance in primary care. It also includes opportunities to engage with other primary care professionals and to work with researchers on obtaining funding for improvement efforts.
People with chronic or recurrent depression can be hard to reach. But they benefited significantly on various outcome measures from a self-management support program that included regular outreach care management and a self-care group with a combined behavioral and recovery-oriented approach—and the addition of certified peer counsellors to the service.
Healthy Hearts Northwest is a three-year project for primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that aims to help improve the cardiovascular health of patients by expanding existing quality improvement capacity. Practices are participating nationwide as part of the AHRQ EvidenceNOW initiative.
We're pleased to announce that Nicole Van Borkulo has joined the MacColl Center as a research associate.
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has funded the MacColl Center for three years to lead one of seven regional partnerships throughout the nation both to improve heart health among patients in primary care practices and to increase the capability of these practices to improve the quality of care they deliver. It builds on the goal of the U.S.