Curbing opioid use in Pacifc Northwest rural clinics

In August 2019, the MacColl Center's Michael Parchman, MD and long-time University of WA collaborator and friend Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD were featured in a KOMO News piece about their intensive efforts to manage opioid prescribing in primary care clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The clinics that participated in the study saw significant declines both in the number of patients who were using opioids for chronic pain, and among those who continued on opioids, the percent who were on higher dose opioids decreased, said lead researcher Michael Parchman. 

Healthy Hearts Northwest: Supplemental support equals big gains, especially in blood pressure care

With just a little bit of support, smaller primary care clinics can improve blood pressure care and lower the risk of patients’ cardiovascular disease, according to the newly published outcomes paper from our Healthy Hearts Northwest project.  The study, “A Randomized Trial of External Practice Support to Improve Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Primary Care,” was published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Katie Coleman to direct the KP Learning Health System Program

We are thrilled to announce that our colleague Katie Coleman, MSPH, has been named director of the Kaiser Permanente WA (KPWA) Learning Health System (LHS) Program. Katie will guide the LHS Program in leveraging Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute's (KPWHRI) research capabilities to help KPWA meet its strategic goals related to quality, service, growth, and affordability.

Measuring the impact of patient-engaged research

While strategies to evaluate the influence of engaging patient partners in research are beginning to emerge, a systematic set of measures for assessing the impact of patient engagement in research (PER) on study approaches and outcomes is lacking. Existing measures skew more toward measuring the process of engagement and less toward measuring downstream outcomes of patient-partner engagement in all phases of research.

Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package

We have a new resource for health care organizations working to reduce low-value care. Our Taking Action on Overuse Framework and Change Package offer a roadmap to reduce the unnecessary diagnostic tests, treatments, and hospitalizations that can drive up costs and sometimes result in patient harm. The Framework identifies evidence-based strategies for obtaining buy-in, motivating behavior changes, and providing the necessary support and infrastructure for health care providers to engage and lead their peers in making the changes that improve the value of health care. 

Cara C. Lewis wins 2016 ABCT President's New Researcher Award

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.  

What we're reading: August 2016

A Primary Care Panel Size of 2500 Is neither Accurate nor Reasonable.  Melanie Raffoul, MD, Miranda Moore, PhD, Doug Kamerow, MD, MPH and Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2016.04.150317 J Am Board Fam Med July-August.  >>read more