Patients and health care systems worldwide have benefited from Ed Wagner, MD, MPH's commitment to transforming health care. Best known for innovations in chronic illness care, Dr. Wagner's work spans a range of topics in health services research and produces results that consistently enhance our nation’s capacity for health systems change.
Translating evidence-based methods of improving care into practice is the tie that binds Dr. Wagner's investigations in preventive medicine, geriatrics, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Another common thread is collaboration—between researchers and health care teams, between health care teams and patients, and between researchers at different health care organizations. Under his leadership, several projects, initiatives, and organizations aimed at improving care have sprung up and flourished.
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute's founding director, Dr. Wagner established its MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation in 1992, launching a new effort to move advances in quality improvement research into practice. He and his team developed and disseminated the Chronic Care Model (CCM), an evidence-based framework for health care that delivers safe, effective, and collaborative care to patients.
The CCM is widely recognized for its capacity to guide health care teams in caring for chronically ill patients. Funded as a national program by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by Dr. Wagner, Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC) introduced the Chronic Care Model to a wide spectrum of organizations, with a particular focus on safety net practices. Over the past two decades, he and his colleagues at the MacColl Center have focused on promoting such efforts in quality improvement research to organizations serving safety net populations. Dr. Wagner also served for many years as principal investigator for the Cancer Research Network CRN, a National Cancer Institute-funded consortium of health-plan-based research organizations. The CRN is part of the Health Care System Research Network (formerly called the HMO Research Network), a larger alliance of health care delivery organizations with sophisticated research capabilities that he helped establish in 1996.
Dr. Wagner's professional service is extensive. Locally, he served as co-chair of the task force that led to the creation of the Washington Health Alliance, a regional multi-stakeholder collaboration committed to improving health care quality and reducing costs in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2007, Dr. Wagner received the Health Quality Award from the National Committee for Quality Insurance (NCQA) and was elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, now National Academy of Medicine. A longstanding champion of patient-centered care, he was also honored in 2007 with the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care—for advocating that respecting patients' values and preferences be central to chronic illness care. He received the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research in 2011, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers in 2012. Dr. Wagner has authored two books and more than 300 publications. He is also professor emeritus of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Dr. Wagner retired in June 2017.
Horner K, Wagner E, Bowles EA, Kirlin B, Tuzzio L. PS3-29: the benefits of stakeholder involvement in research. Clin Med Res. 2010;8(3-4):201.
Battersby M, Von Korff M, Schaefer J, Davis C, Ludman E, Greene SM, Parkerton M, Wagner EH. Twelve evidence-based principles for implementing self-management support in primary care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2010; 36:561-70.
Bowen JL, Wagner EH, Stevens DP. Chronic care and education. J Gen Intern Med. 2010;25 Suppl 4:S569. PubMed
Stevens DP, Bowen JL, Johnson JK, Woods DM, Provost LP, Holman HR, Sixta CS, Wagner EH. A multi-institutional quality improvement initiative to transform education for chronic illness care in resident continuity practices. J Gen Intern Med. 2010;25 Suppl 4:S574-80. PubMed
Johnson JK, Woods DM, Stevens DP, Bowen JL, Provost LP, Sixta CS, Wagner EH. Joy and challenges in improving chronic illness care: capturing daily experiences of academic primary care teams. J Gen Intern Med. 2010;25 Suppl 4:S581-5. PubMed
Bowen JL, Stevens DP, Sixta CS, Provost L, Johnson JK, Woods DM, Wagner EH. Developing measures of educational change for academic health care teams implementing the chronic care model in teaching practices. J Gen Intern Med. 2010;25 Suppl 4:S586-92. PubMed
Bowen JL, Provost L, Stevens DP, Johnson JK, Woods DM, Sixta CS, Wagner EH. Assessing Chronic Illness Care Education (ACIC-E): a tool for tracking educational re-design for improving chronic care education. J Gen Intern Med. 2010;25 Suppl 4:S593-609. PubMed
Wagner EH. Academia, chronic care, and the future of primary care. J Gen Intern Med. 2010;25 Suppl 4:S636-8. PubMed
Vrijhoef HJ, Wagner EH. PS1-14: coordination and integration of care for chronically ill: meaning and measurement. Clin Med Res. 2010;8(1):45-6.
Madrid SD, Dearing JW, Glasgow RE, Rabin BA, Mazor K, Wagner EH Ps2-10: the CRN cancer communication research center. Clin Med Res. 2010;8(1):34.
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