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, 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

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. 2020 Apr 3. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000281. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Parchman M. My footsteps on the floating dock. Perm J. 2020;24. doi: 10.7812/TPP/15.056. Epub 2020 Mar 18. 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. 10 January 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2019.448.

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. 2019 Oct 1:1-7. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1670628. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Ike B, Baldwin LM, Sutton S, Van Borkulo N, Packer C, Parchman ML. Staff and clinician work-life perceptions after implementing systems-based improvements to opioid management. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 Sep-Oct;32(5):715-723. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2019.05.190027. PubMed

Parchman ML, Anderson ML, Dorr DA, Fagnan LJ, O’Meara ES, Tuzzio L, Penfold RB, Cook AJ, Hummel J, Conway C, Cholan R, Baldwin LM. A randomized trial of external practice support to improve cardiovascular risk factors in primary care.  Ann Fam Med. 2019 Aug 12;17(Suppl 1):S40-S49. doi: 10.1370/afm.2407. PubMed

Kaufman A, Dickinson WP, Fagnan LJ, Duffy FD, Parchman ML, Rhyne RL. The role of health extension in practice transformation and community health improvement: lessons from 5 case studies. Ann Fam Med. 2019;17(Suppl 1):S67-S72. doi: 10.1370/afm.2409. PubMed

 

research

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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.

health services

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Fellows launch 6 projects to reduce medical overuse

A new program aims to reduce unnecessary care for vulnerable patients such as back pain imaging and opioid use.

pain management

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Six Building Blocks help small rural clinics to manage opioids better

Led by Dr. Michael Parchman, research team uses new way to support small clinics in reducing opioid use in rural Pacific Northwest.

KPWHRI In the Media

6 Building Blocks helps rural clinics to manage opioids

COVID-19 & chronic pain management

AHRQ website, Jun 2020