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

Labreche MJ, Lee GC, Attridge RT, Mortensen EM, Koeller J, Du LC, Nyren NR, Treviño LB, Treviño SB, Peña J, Mann MW, Muñoz A, Marcos Y, Rocha G, Koretsky S, Esparza S, Finnie M, Dallas SD, Parchman ML, Frei CR. Treatment failure and costs in patients with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin and soft tissue infections: a South Texas Ambulatory Research Network (STARNet) study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2013 September-October;26(5):508-17. PubMed

Parchman ML, Noel PH, Culler SD, Lanham HJ, Leykum LK, Romero RL, Palmer RF. A randomized trial of practice facilitation to improve the delivery of chronic illness care in primary care: initial and sustained effects. Implement Sci. 2013 Aug 22;8(1):93. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-8-93. PubMed

Culler SD, Parchman ML, Lozano-Romero R, Noel PH, Lanham HJ, Leykum LK, Zeber JE. Cost estimates for operating a primary care practice facilitation program. Ann Fam Med. 2013;11(3):207-11. doi: 10.1370/afm.1496. PubMed

Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Scammon DL, Waitzman NJ, Cronholm PF, Halladay JR, Driscoll DL, Solberg LI, Hsu C, Tai-Seale M, Hiratsuka V, Shih SC, Fetters MD, Wise CG, Alexander JA, Hauser D, McMullen CK, Scholle SH, Tirodkar MA, Schmidt L, Donahue KE, Parchman ML, Stange KC. Context matters: the experience of 14 research teams in systematically reporting contextual factors important for practice change. Ann Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun;11 Suppl 1:S115-23. doi: 10.1370/afm.1549. PubMed

Koh HK, Brach C, Harris LM, Parchman ML. A proposed 'health literate care model' would constitute a systems approach to improving patients' engagement in care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013;32(2):357-67. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2012.1205. PubMed

Parchman ML, Wang CP. Initiation of insulin among veterans with type 2 diabetes and sustained elevation of A1c. Prim Care Diabetes. 2012;6(1):19-25. Epub 2011 Aug 12. PubMed

Noël PH, Lanham HJ, Palmer RF, Leykum LK, Parchman ML. The importance of relational coordination and reciprocal learning for chronic illness care within primary care teams. Health Care Manage Rev. 2013 Jan;38(1):20-8. Epub 2012 Feb 3. PubMed

Peikes D, Zutshi A, Genevro JL, Parchman ML, Meyers DS. Early evaluations of the medical home: building on a promising start. Am J Manag Care. 2012 Feb;18(2):105-16. PubMed

Mackey K, Parchman ML, Leykum LK, Lanham HJ, Noël PH, Zeber JE. Impact of the Chronic Care Model on medication adherence when patients perceive cost as a barrier. Prim Care Diabetes. 2012 Jul;6(2):137-42. Epub 2012 Jan 20. PubMed

Bowers KW, Robertson M, Parchman ML. How inclusive leadership can help your practice adapt to change. Fam Pract Manag. 2012 Jan-Feb;19(1):8-11. PubMed

 

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