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

Massoud MR, Barry D, Murphy A, Albrecht Y, Sax S, Parchman M. How do we learn about improving health care: a call for a new epistemological paradigm. Int J Qual Health Care. 2016 Apr 26. pii: mzw039. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Von Korff M, Dublin S, Walker RL, Parchman M, Shortreed SM, Hansen RN, Saunders K. The impact of opioid risk reduction initiatives on high-dose opioid prescribing for chronic opioid therapy patients. J Pain. 2016 Jan;17(1):101-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.10.002. Epub 2015 Oct 22. PubMed

Leykum LK, Lanham HJ, Pugh J, Parchman ML, Anderson RA, Crabtree BF, Nutting P, Miller W, Stange K, McDaniel Jr RR. Manifestations and implications of uncertainty for improving healthcare systems: an analysis of observational and interventional studies grounded in complexity science. Implement Sci. 2014 Nov 19;9(1):165. doi: 10.1186/s13012-014-0165-1.

Griffiths FE, Lindenmeyer A, Borkan J, Donner Banzhoff N, Lamb S, Parchman M, Sturt J. Case typologies, chronic illness and primary health care. J Eval Clin Pract. 2014 Aug;20(4):513-21. doi: 10.1111/jep.12070. Epub 2013 Jul 29. PubMed

Noel PH, Romero RL, Robertson M, Parchman ML. Key activities used by community-based primary care practices to improve the quality of diabetes care in response to practice facilitation. Qual Prim Care. 2014 Aug;22(4):211-9.

Reid RJ, Parchman ML. Is there value in medical home implementation beyond the electronic health record? Ann Intern Med. 2014 Jun 3;160(11):802-3. doi: 10.7326/M14-0863.

Lanham HJ, Sittig DF, Leykum LK, Parchman ML, Pugh JA, McDaniel RR. Understanding differences in electronic health record (EHR) use: linking individual physicians' perceptions of uncertainty and EHR use patterns in ambulatory care. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jan 1;21(1):73-81. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001377. Epub 2013 May 22. PubMed

Noel PH, Parchman ML, Palmer RF, Romero RL, Leykum LK, Lanham HJ, Zeber JE, Bowers KW. Alignment of patient and primary care practice member perspectives of chronic illness care: a cross-sectional analysis. BMC Fam Pract. 2014 Mar 29;15(1):57. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-15-57. PubMed

Ladden MD, Bodenheimer T, Fishman NW, Flinter M, Hsu C, Parchman M, Wagner EH. The emerging primary care workforce: preliminary observations from the primary care team: learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices Project. Acad Med. 2013 Dec;88(12):1830-4. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000027. Epub 2013 Oct 14. PubMed

Finley EP, Pugh JA, Lanham HJ, Leykum LK, Cornell J, Veerapaneni P, Parchman ML. Relationship quality and patient-assessed quality of care in VA primary care clinics: development and validation of the Work Relationships Scale. Ann Fam Med. 2013 Nov-Dec;11(6):543-9. doi: 10.1370/afm.1554. PubMed

 

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