Researching primary care services and their impact
An ample supply of primary care services is one of the fundamental building blocks of any health care system. Historically, much of the Sheps Center’s research in primary care has addressed the access, personnel, organization, quality, and cost issues that pertain to health services delivery, especially in rural areas. Current research efforts in this program include addressing issues of recruitment and retention of health care practitioners in rural practice.
Current and Recent Projects
Review a list of the Primary Care Research Program’s research projects below.
Program Director: Donald E. Pathman, MD, MPH
|Project title||Project description||Principal Investigator(s)||Project Period|
|Heart Health NOW! Advancing Heart Health in NC Primary Care||EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to accelerate the dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research findings into primary care.||Samuel Cykert, MD||2015-2018|
|NHSC Site Self-Assessment of Recruitment and Retention Needs Project||Coordinate activities and timelines with the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS) to finalize tasks for the self-assessment study.||Donald Pathman, MD||04/01/2012-04/30/2013|
|Transforming Primary Care Practice in North Carolina||The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model involves complete primary care practice redesign with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of patient care and reduce cost.||Katrina Donahue, M.D., M.P.H.||8/1/2011-7/31/2013|
|Technical Support for Health Costs and Access Disparities in Appalachia||UNC-CH Sheps staff will construct a county level database for the Appalachian region using publicly available and proprietary data sources and use these data to develop indices of health care needs and capacity.||Thomas Ricketts, Ph.D.||10/1/2010-12/31/2011|
|North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance Contract||The North Carolina Healthcare Quality Alliance (NCHQA) is a collaboration of leaders in the delivery of healthcare in North Carolina.||Warren Newton, M.D., M.P.H.||07/01/2010 – 06/30/2013
|Practice Based Research Network (PBRN)||NCNC brings together North Carolina-based Primary Care-Practice Based Research sites, three based at UNC-CH, one based at Duke University, and one based at Atrium Health, and one based at Eastern Carolina University||Katrina Donahue, M.D., M.P.H.; Jacquie Halladay, M.D., M.P.H.||Ongoing|