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

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

Rich EC, Lipson D, Libersky J, Peikes DN, Parchman ML. Organizing care for complex patients in the patient-centered medical home. Ann Fam Med. 2012 Jan-Feb;10(1):60-2. 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

 

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.

Healthy Findings Blog

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Rural health equity through practice facilitators

KPWHRI collaborator Dr. L.J. Fagnan shares an effective way to support rural practices, illustrating why "place matters."

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.

Research

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CVD risk calculation: Can smaller clinics break through?

KPWHRI researchers uncover obstacles faced by smaller practices when adding CVD risk calculators into primary care.

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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.