Meet Our Team: Sherry Lee Lauf

MacColl Business Manager Sherry Lee Lauf talks about streamlining research administration processes

Getting big data

Summer 2014 Update: Connecting with communities

Those of us at MacColl who were lucky enough to participate in our PCT-LEAP project’s site visit process had the opportunity to spend the best part of a week getting to know the teams that worked at 30 busy primary care practices around the country.  The luxury of time gave us a chance to do more than meet in conference rooms, we were able to attend team meetings and shadow not only providers and staff but also patients from the moment they arrived at the clinic to get a “c

Spring 2014 News & Events

New Project:  PCORI CaRe-Align
Michael Parchman has been selected to serve on the Executive Steering Committee of a joint project of the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  The CaRe-Align initiative will develop a new model designed to better meet the complex care needs of older patients with multiple chronic conditions.  

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring, Secure Electronic Messaging and Medication Intensification for Improving Hypertension Control: A mediation analysis.

An analysis published in March 2014 examines the role of home monitoring, communication with pharmacists, medication intensification, medication adherence and lifestyle factors in contributing to the effectiveness of an intervention to improve blood pressure control in patients with uncontrolled essential hypertension.  The study intervention was delivered over a secure patient website, and used the PACIC survey to assess overall fidelity to the

April 2014 Director's Update: The Medical Neighborhood

Last month I attended the Complexity of Care in Primary Care Practices Conference convened by Western Washington University in Bellingham, a town 90 miles from Seattle.   The MacColl Center has through the years enjoyed strong relationships with Bellingham provider teams, as much due to their innovative practices as our close physical proximity.

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

After the Chronic Care Model has been implemented, is it possible to compare patient and provider team views on quality of care?  A new study provides the first published report exploring this question by administering the Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (ACIC) and Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) scales in 39 primary care settings.

March 2014 Director's Update: The MacColl Symposium

On January 31, 2014, the MacColl Center hosted its first Symposium, supported by the Group Health Foundation's Ed Wagner Endowment for Health Care Transformation.  Primary Health Extension Programs: Current Models & Future Directions  featured guest speakers Craig Jones, MD of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, Art Kaufman, MD from the University of New Mexico and Lyndee Knox from the Los Angeles Practice-Based Research and Resource Network.

Emerging Leaders Share Primary Care Innovations

MacColl's PCT-LEAP Emerging Leaders Program provides leadership development and mentoring to selected primary care staff members from PCT-LEAP sites, supporting them in becoming effective drivers of change in their own communities, as well as role models for successfully envisioning and creating rewarding health care careers. 

February 2014 Director’s Update: The Global Reach of MacColl

It’s a fact: the global burden of disease has shifted from infectious to chronic.   The leading causes of death and disability around the world have changed from communicable diseases in children to non-communicable diseases in adults.  Heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are on the rise in all regions except sub-Saharan Africa.  If HIV/AIDS is considered a chronic infectious disease – as is increasingly the case – the tipping point becomes an avalanche.