-- This pilot study investigates the effect of two professional development programs on the quality of care delivered by physicians to patients with diabetes mellitus.
-- This project evaluated a practice improvement program to improve family physicians’ delivery of effective patient-centered behavior change interventions for “fitness” (physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being).
-- We are conducting electronic chart audits to increase our understanding of CA-MRSA diagnosis, treatments, and documentation.
-- We have partnered with AAFP Continuing Medical Education to assess whether CME courses change clinician behavior.
DARTNet CKD Study
-- An electronic chart audit through DARTNet to examine the natural history of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
-- This project is a national sample survey of AAFP active members to investigate the practice patterns, beliefs, concerns and perceived need of family physicians that treat patients with dementia.
Depression Sustainability Study
-- In this follow-up of the “National Depression Management Leadership: Improving Depression Care” study, we sought to examine how well practices maintained their depression care improvements.
-- A pilot test of a Web-based electronic system designed to calculate the actual costs that practices incur when providing different types of immunizations.
Improving Communications During Office Visits
-- In a randomized trial, we tested the effectiveness of Ask-Me-3, a patient-physician communication tool.
Improving Depression Care
-- This study was a combination of Quality Improvement (QI) and practice-based research activities. By having members of each practice utilize quality improvement tools, we tested strategies for making and sustaining improved depression care.
-- Through a survey, we will assess the scope of behavioral health services offered.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
-- A study on electrotherapy as a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee (KOA) in the primary care practice setting.
-- This is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the impact of translation of a universal screening and follow up program for Postpartum Depression (PPD) versus usual care in family physician’s offices.
-- A study building on previous qualitative research to identify two patterns of IDM for prostate cancer screening, and examine the role of physicians’ beliefs about screening in determining how they handle IDM in their practice.