Michael Parchman, MD, MPH

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“I am passionate about understanding how primary care teams can deliver high-quality care, meet patient needs, and create joy in practice.”

Michael L. Parchman, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, Center for Accelerating Care Transformation

Biography

Senior Investigator Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, of KPWHRI's Center for Accelerating Care Transformation, is a nationally recognized scholar in the application of implementation science to improving primary care. As both a family practitioner and health services researcher, he has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician and medical educator.

Dr. Parchman’s research focuses on using complexity science to understand how diverse health care teams can work together to achieve high-quality care. He has been the principal investigator on several projects in ACT Center’s portfolio. One recent example is Healthy Hearts Northwest, a 4-year study to build quality improvement (QI) capacity in smaller primary care practices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)’s EvidenceNOW initiative. The project demonstrated that smaller practices can improve the cardiovascular health of their patients and build their QI capacity if provided with external support.

Dr. Parchman's other recent ACT Center projects include:

  • Taking Action on Overuse, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded fellowship that is training six clinical champions to “de-implement” unnecessary tests and treatments—doing less low-value care that might harm patients;
  • Six Building Blocks Program for Opioid Management, which aims to improve safe prescribing of chronic opioid medication for patients with chronic non-cancer pain in primary care clinics. Funded by AHRQ, the National Institutes of Health, and the Washington State Department of Health; and
  • The University of Washington (UW) Institute of Translational Health Sciences, which focuses on producing innovative and practical tools and methods that will enable scientists around the region to more effectively translate research discoveries into practice.

Dr. Parchman is an affiliate professor of family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and of health services at the UW School of Public Health.

Research interests and experience

 

Recent publications

Ponce-Gonzalez IM, Cheadle AD, Parchman ML. Correlation of oral health education by community health workers with changes in oral health practices in migrant populations in Washington state. J Prim Care Community Health. 2021 Jan-Dec;12:21501327211002417. doi: 10.1177/21501327211002417. PubMed

Parchman ML, Anderson ML, Penfold RB, Kuo E, Dorr DA. The ability of practices to report clinical quality measures: more evidence of the size paradox? J Am Board Fam Med. Jul-Aug 2020;33(4):620-625. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2020.04.190369. PubMed

Shoemaker-Hunt S, Sargent W Jr, Swan H, Mikosz C, Cobb K, McDonald D, Keane N, von Korff M, Parchman M, Losby J. Developing clinical quality improvement measures aligned with the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain : an important strategy to support safer prescribing in primary care. Am J Med Qual. 2020 Jul 29:1062860620944472. doi: 10.1177/1062860620944472. Online ahead of print. PubMed

Huffstetler AN, Kuzel AJ, Sabo RT, Richards A, Brooks EM, Lail Kashiri P, Villalobos G, Arias AJ, Svikis D, Bortz BA, Edwards A, Epling J, Cohen DJ, Parchman ML, Winter J, Wessler P, Yu TJ, Krist AH. Practice facilitation to promote evidence-based screening and management of unhealthy alcohol use in primary care: a practice-level randomized controlled trial. BMC Fam Pract. 2020 May 20;21(1):93. doi: 10.1186/s12875-020-01147-4. PubMed

Schuttner L, Coleman K, Ralston J, Parchman M. The role of organizational learning and resilience for change in building quality improvement capacity in primary care. Health Care Manage Rev. 2021;46(2):E1-E7. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000281. PubMed

Parchman M. My footsteps on the floating dock. Perm J. 2020;24. doi: 10.7812/TPP/15.056. Epub 2020 Mar 18. PubMed

Shoemaker-Hunt SJ, Evans L, Swan H, Bacon O, Ike B, Baldwin LM, Parchman M. Study protocol for evaluating Six Building Blocks for Opioid Management implementation in primary care practices. Implement Sci Commun. 2020 Feb 26;1:16. doi: 10.1186/s43058-020-00008-6. eCollection 2020. PubMed

Parchman ML, Palazzo L, Austin BT, Blasi P, Henrikson NB, Gundersen G, Ganos E. Taking action to address medical overuse: common challenges and facilitators. Am J Med. 2020 Feb 4. pii: S0002-9343(20)30052-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.01.001. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Parchman ML, Ike B, Osterhage KP, Baldwin LM. Barriers and facilitators to implementing changes in opioid prescribing in rural primary care clinics. J Clin Transl Sci. 2020 Jan 10;4(5):425-430. doi: 10.1017/cts.2019.448. PubMed

Jones SW, Parchman ML, Hsu CW, Austin B, Flinter M, Cromp D, Wagner E, McDonald S. Measuring attributes of team functioning in primary care settings: development of the TEAMS tool. J Interprof Care. 2020 May-Jun;34(3):407-413. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1670628. Epub 2019 Oct 1. PubMed

 

Healthy Findings Blog

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Building trust in primary care

Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, explores how relationship-building, “sense-making conversations,” and patience can build trust and promote high-value care.

Healthy Findings Blog

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Rural health equity through practice facilitators

KPWHRI collaborator Dr. L.J. Fagnan shares an effective way to support rural practices, illustrating why "place matters."

Free training

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How to become a clinical value champion

KPWHRI’s ACT Center offers online training to help clinicians identify and curb overused services in clinical practice.

Research

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CVD risk calculation: Can smaller clinics break through?

KPWHRI researchers uncover obstacles faced by smaller practices when adding CVD risk calculators into primary care.

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Stopping the opioid epidemic: A KPWHRI priority

The latest on our research on chronic pain and opioids—and how the results influence health policy and clinical practice.