Duke Family Medicine research featured at North American Primary Care Research Group conference

This article was originally posted on the Duke University Community & Family Medicine blog.

Duke Community and Family Medicine has partnered with the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care to collaborate on a research study to investigate a more proactive, personalized and participatory approach to Duke Family Medicine’s diabetes shared medical appointments.

We are very pleased to share that this project was accepted for a poster presentation at The North American Primary Care Research Group’s Practice Based Research Networks Conference (NAPCRG PRBN) on June 28-30 in Bethesda, Md.

The poster presentation detailed our work in progress studying the feasibility of implementing a shared medical appointment intervention for individuals with type II diabetes built around personalized health planning in a safe, supportive group environment. It supplements educational contents with group discussion, health goal setting, and a mindfulness practice that facilitates a holistic approach to the management of type II diabetes. Our work was received with enthusiasm and valuable feedback from the NAPCRG PBRN community.

Connor Drake & Caroline Meade

Connor Drake (right) and Caroline Meade co-presented the poster at the 2015 NAPCRG PBRN Conference on behalf of Duke Community and Family Medicine and the Center for Research on Personalized Health Care.

Research is just getting underway at the Division of Family Medicine, and the hope is to recruit patients and put them through a one-year feasibility study.

The conference, which brought together primary care providers, clinical researchers, patient and community advocates, and representatives from the Agency of Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), featured innovations in primary care with a focus on patient and stakeholder engagement. There was important dialogue to define and provide a framework for engagement on both the individual patient level in their health care decision-making to the health systems level to ensure quality and responsive care.

We are proud to have been included at this year’s NAPCRG PBRN Conference and being part of this community’s dedicated commitment to accelerate the translation of research into practice to improve the health of patients and the broader community.

Connor Drake is a research associate at the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care. Email connor.drake@duke.edu with questions. Sharon Hull is division chief of the Division of Family Medicine. Email sharon.hull@duke.edu with questions.