Diabetes Results That Can Make a Difference: The Monitor Trial

Diabetes Results That Can Make a Difference by April Reese, Programs Manager, North Carolina Division of Public Health, and Patient Partner in the PCORI-funded MONITOR Trial.   “Anything we can do to help people manage their condition within a budget is high on the list of things we in public health want to achieve. So,… Read more »

Sheps Center names two new deputy directors

The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research has named two new Deputy Directors, one for Research and one for Policy. Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP is the new Deputy Director for Policy.  Fraher is the Director of the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy.  Although she is recognized internationally as an expert on… Read more »

Sheps home to new national leadership program for clinically active health care providers from all disciplines

A new training program invites health care providers from all backgrounds, including clinicians, nurses, social workers, dentists and allied health professionals, to apply for training and support to tackle real, complex health programs in their communities to build a Culture of Health nationwide. Clinicians play a unique role in improving health as health care providers,… Read more »

PCORI Grant Award: Pragmatic Asthma Trial

Patient Empowered Strategy to Reduce Asthma Morbidity in Highly Impacted Populations (PESRAMHIP) UNC Principal Investigator: Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH Project Budget: $13,857,788 over 5 years The North Carolina Network Consortium (NCNC), a consortium of practice based research networks in NC in partnership with NC TraCS and the Sheps Center, is participating in a large, pragmatic… Read more »

Becoming a PMCH: Cost Publication

How much does it cost a practice to become a PCMH?  A new study by researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Department of Family Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management report the results from one of 15 AHRQ Estimating Costs grants. February 2,… Read more »

Carey discusses importance of exercise in treating low back pain on NPR

Dr. Tim Carey, director of the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and an internist at UNC Chapel Hill, discussed the impact exercise can have on reducing low back pain on NPR’s All Things Considered January 11. Dr. Carey and Janet Freburger, PhD, Associate Director, Medical Practice and Prevention Program, co-wrote an editorial… Read more »

Study: Cognitive behavioral therapy can be as effective as second-generation antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— Major depressive disorder affects more than 32 million Americans, and their first stop for treatment is often their primary care provider. A recent evidence review of several alternatives to medication found that using cognitive behavioral therapy as the first treatment for depression can be equally effective as using a second generation… Read more »

Alexa Waters’ poster won the student competition at the NCAFP

Alexa Waters, a medical student at UNC and a Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH) Scholar, has been working with NCNC on the Monitor Trial. Her poster presenting her work has won the student competition at the NC Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP).   The Monitor Trial is is funded by by the Patient-Centered Outcomes… Read more »

Collaboration to Improve Blood Pressure in the U.S. Black Belt

September 28, 2015 UNC Part of Collaborative Receiving Large Award to Reduce Health Disparities in Rural South Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, in partnership with researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and East Carolina University, were awarded… Read more »

Kaluzny’s book addresses quality of care and access to research for cancer patients in the community setting

Reprinted from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health A new book, published this month by Oxford University Press, calls for an increase in patient access to high-quality cancer care in the community and an improvement in community hospitals’ capacity to support research and genomically informed medicine. Managing Disruptive Change in Healthcare: Lessons from… Read more »

Sheps researchers awarded seed grant for quality improvement in lung cancer screening implementation

Daniel Reuland, MD MPH, was recently awarded a seed grant from the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement (https://www.med.unc.edu/ihqi) to address quality gaps related to implementation of lung cancer screening. Alison Brenner, PhD, who is joining the Sheps Center as a Research Scientist, helped to develop this proposal during her postdoctoral fellowship, and will serve… Read more »