National leaders in practice-based, community participatory, and practice redesign and improvement research.
Jodi Holtrop, PhD, MCHES
Vice Chair for Research
Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine - Research & Innovation.
Our research mission is simple: To improve community health and well-being through high-quality research in patient-centered family medicine using holistic and integrative models of health.
We are innovators and experts in the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge through translational and practice-based research.
We serve as the primary resource for family medicine practices, by providing knowledge, health information technology and practice transformation tools and guidance to satisfy the Quadruple Aim of improving the health of populations, enhancing the experience of care for individuals, reducing the per capita cost of health care, and attaining joy in work.
We continuously push to expand the reach of our practice-based research networks to more effectively support practices, share information, develop and sustain a dynamic learning community and bring value to our stakeholders by answering their questions.
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____Attention to DEIA in team composition
____Authentic community engagement
____Need for continuous growth, learning, self-reflection
____Moving from documenting to dismantling health inequities
Use of appropriate theoretical models and frameworks, such as a public health critical race praxis
A proactive, comprehensive, and continuous appraisal of how equity may disproportionately affect oppressed people
Dr. Don Nease is on a quest to find the best ways to help patients suffering from symptoms of long COVID find relief.
The University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine (DFM) professor and researcher recently announced a five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a five-year study to uncover the answers.
The objective of the study is to work with the existing connections between primary and specialty care to test and implement novel ways of bringing care and resources to patients who are experiencing long covid symptoms.
“Estimates are that among people who have been infected, that it can be as high as 20 percent who then go onto experience long COVID,” says Dr. Nease.
“The challenge with long COVID,“ he says, “is the diverse nature in which it manifests in patients.”
“One paper that came out recently indicates that there may be 4 clusters of symptoms that most commonly appear in patients with long COVID.”
Nease says plans call for working with 30 primary care practices in Colorado to test a tiered system of care:
1. The first for patients with relatively mild symptoms to be managed at primary care level with information and education.
2. The second for patients with more complex symptoms involving consultation with specialty care – involving 4 interdisciplinary clinics in Colorado – including electronic consults and telehealth visits.
3. The third for patients who need more intensive care and services receiving in-person specialty consults.
The first step in the study is to recruit practices and work with them to help them determine how many patients that they have who are experiencing long COVID symptoms. Then assist them to set up procedures to serve patients in terms of the tiered system.
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