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, MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Senior Investigator Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, of the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, 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 recently led Healthy Hearts Northwest, a four-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.

Other projects Dr. Parchman is working on 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

Parchman ML, Penfold RB, Ike B, Tauben D, Von Korff M, Stephens M, Stephens KA, Baldwin LM. Team-based clinic redesign of opioid medication management in primary care: effect on opioid prescribing. Ann Fam Med. 2019 Jul;17(4):319-325. doi: 10.1370/afm.2390. PubMed

Baldwin LM, Fischer MA, Powell J, Holden E, Tuzzio L, Fagnan LJ, Hummel J, Parchman ML. A virtual educational outreach intervention in primary care based on the principles of academic detailing. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2018 Oct 16. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000224. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Schuttner L, Parchman M. Team-based primary care for the multimorbid patient: matching complexity with complexity.  Am J Med. 2019 Apr;132(4):404-406. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2018.09.029. Epub 2018 Oct 6. PubMed

Von Korff M, Saunders K, Dublin S, Walker RL, Thakral M, Sherman KJ, Ludman EJ, Hansen RN, Parchman M, Shortreed SM. Impact of chronic opioid therapy risk reduction initiatives on opioid overdose. 2019 Jan;20(1):108-117. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.08.003. Epub 2018 Sep 3. PubMed

Sherman KJ, Walker RL, Saunders K, Shortreed SM, Parchman M, Hansen RN, Thakral M, Ludman EJ, Dublin S, Von Korff M. Doctor-patient trust among chronic pain patients on chronic opioid therapy after opioid risk reduction initiatives: a survey. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018;31(4):578-587. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2018.04.180021. PubMed

Colin NV, Cholan RA, Sachdeva B, Nealy BE, Parchman ML, Dorr DA. Understanding the impact of variations in measurement period reporting for electronic clinical quality measures. eGEMS (Wash DC). 2018 Jul 19;6(1):17. doi: 10.5334/egems.235. PubMed

Noel PH, Wang CP, Finley EP, Espinoza SE, Parchman ML, Bollinger MJ, Hazuda HP. Provider-related linkages between primary care clinics and community-based senior centers associated with diabetes-related outcomes. J Appl Gerontol. 2018 Jun 1:733464818782853. doi: 10.1177/0733464818782853. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Fagnan LJ, Walunas TL, Parchman ML, Dickinson CL, Murphy KM, Howell R, Jackson KL, Madden MB, Ciesla JR, Mazurek KD, Kho AN, Solberg LI. Engaging primary care practices in studies of improvement: did you budget enough for practice recruitment? Ann Fam Med. 2018 Apr;16(Suppl 1):S72-S79. doi: 10.1370/afm.2199. PubMed

Mafi JN, Parchman M. Low-value care: an intractable global problem with no quick fix. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018 May;27(5):333-336. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2017-007477. Epub 2018 Jan 13. PubMed

Thakral M, Walker RL, Saunders K, Shortreed SM, Dublin S, Parchman M, Hansen RN, Ludman E, Sherman KJ, Von Korff M. Impact of opioid dose reduction initiatives on chronic opioid therapy patients at higher risk for opioid-related adverse outcomes. Pain Med. 2017 Dec 6. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnx293. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

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