Our current work proceeds directly from our early emphasis on activated patients and proactive practice teams

We continue to aim to better understand and inform the state of the art in high-functioning primary care teams. Recent work has included visiting innovative primary care teams across the U.S. to learn how care is being delivered by teams in new ways.

An effective primary care workforce is essential to better health and health care for all

To date, academic studies that examine primary care staff, training, and team functioning are still relatively scarce.  Many organizations recognize the need to revamp their workforce, and are experimenting with innovative team structures and role definitions.

Transforming primary care: healthier patients, happier staff

We know transformation of any kind is hard work.  That's why we created the Improving Primary Care Team Guide through our PCT-LEAP work.  An online tool for primary care teams, The Team Guide helps build high-functioning teams and provides practical, hands-on tools—easy to use, actionable and measureable.

 

Related Resources

Accelerating Regulatory Progress in Multi-Institutional Research

MacColl Center Business Manager Sherry Lauf and Senior Program Manager Leah Tuzzio co-authored this manuscript highlighting three case studies in which research, regulatory, and administrative teams developed and employed innovative approaches to secure and maintain Institutional Review Board approvals, enable data sharing, and expedite sub-award issuance and execution.

JGIM October 2010 Chronic Care and Education Supplement

Funded by the California HealthCare Foundation, and featuring guest editors Ed Wagner, David Stevens MD, and Judith Bowen MD, the October 2010 Chronic Care and Education Supplement to the Journal of General Internal Medicine is available in its entirety free of charge.

Building Blocks of Primary Care: Webinar featuring Thomas Bodenheimer MD

Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, professor at the Center for Excellence in Primary Care in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF, discusses the essential elements of primary care - the 10 "building blocks" - in a webinar produced for our PCT-LEAP project.

The Emerging Primary Care Workforce: Preliminary Observations From the Primary Care Team: Learning From Effective Ambulatory Practices Project

Learn more about how the LEAP project is innovating primary care in communities across the country in a December 2013 Academic Medicine article.
 

Alignment of patient and primary care practice member perspectives of chronic illness care: a cross-sectional analysis.

Co-authored by MacColl Director Michael Parchman, this March 2014 article examines the extent to which practice members' perceptions of how well they organized to deliver care consistent with the CCM were associated with their patients' perceptions of the chronic illness care they have received.

New Staffing Models for Primary Care webinar

This October 2013 WIHI "talk show" webinar from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement focuses on some of the workforce innovations observed by the PCT-LEAP project team.  Discussion was led by PCT-LEAP's Ed Wagner, Kirsten Meisinger, and Thad Schilling.  Also joining was IHI's Trissa Torres, who developed the Health Navigator program at Michigan's Genesys Health System.

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