Staff and Clinician Work-Life Perceptions after Implementing Systems-Based Improvements to Opioid Management

"Staff and Clinician Work-Life Perceptions after Implementing Systems-Based Improvements to Opioid Management", published in the September 2019 Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, is an analysis assesses the impact of implementing the Six Building Blocks program to improve primary care's management of non-cancer patients on long-term opioid therapy.  Co-authored by Michael Parchman, its focus is on the perceptions of primary care providers and staff on how this program impacted their

Assessing quality improvement capacity in primary care practices

Our Healthy Hearts Northwest study brought practice facilitators to over 200 small- and mid-size primary care clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest that sought to improve cardiovascular care to their patients. To help survey the landscape in each clinic, we developed the QICA (Quality Improvement Capacity Assessment).

Team-based clinic redesign of opioid medication management in primary care: effect on opioid prescribing.

Team-based clinic redesign of opioid medication management in primary care: effect on opioid prescribing, published in June 2019, describes the implementation of an innovative program and study led by Michael Parchman that was designed to help small rural clinics more effectively and safely care for patients living with chronic pain.  The 6 Building Blocks approach, described in this publication, is a promising, evidence-based intervention that leverages the power of primary care practice facilitators. 

Toolkit for Clinical Quality Metric Extraction

The Toolkit for Clinical Quality Metric Extraction was created by the Healthy Hearts Northwest project as a guide for practice facilitators and primary care clinic staff in using health information technology to support quality improvement. Current as of April 2019, this toolkit was created to be used as a step-by-step guide for quality improvement reporting for any Clinical Quality Measure (CQM).  Topics include: