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

Parchman ML, Henrikson NB, Blasi PR, Buist DS, Penfold R, Austin B, Ganos EH. Taking action on overuse: creating the culture for change. Healthc (Amst). 2016 Nov 10. pii: S2213-0764(16)30167-1. doi: 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2016.10.005. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Noël PH, Jones S, Parchman ML. Patient experience in an era of primary care transformation: revisiting the PACIC. Eur J Pers Cent Healthc. 2016;4(3):528-540. PubMed

Johnson K, Tuzzio L, Renz A, Baldwin LM, Parchman M. Decision-to-implement worksheet for evidence-based interventions in organizations: development and testing in the WWAMI region practice and research network. J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 Sep-Oct;29(5):553-62. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2016.05.150327. PubMed

Noel P, Parchman ML, Finley EP, Wang CP, Bollinger M, Espinoza SE, Hazuda HP. Primary care-public health linkages: older primary care patients with prediabetes & type 2 diabetes encouraged to attend community-based senior centers. Prev Med Rep. 2016 Jun 29;4:283-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.06.023. eCollection 2016. PubMed

Shoemaker SJ, Parchman ML, Fuda KK, Schaefer J, Levin J, Hunt M, Ricciardi R. A review of instruments to measure interprofessional team-based primary care. J Interprof Care. 2016 Jul;30(4):423-32. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2016.1154023. Epub 2016 May 21. PubMed

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.

 

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.

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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.

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