ESCALATES challenges the traditional to move the field forward


Jennifer E. DeVoe, MD, DPhil, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

 

doctor and patient

 

The national evaluation being led by the ESCALATES team is incredibly innovative and challenging, meeting practices where they are and looking for trends and patterns so others can learn from the EvidenceNOW experience.

 

EvidenceNOW is an unparalleled investment in primary care that will show the potential of primary care to move the needle on heart health in the United States. As a physician, I’m thrilled that we are testing proven strategies to improve heart health on a large scale. Few small- and medium-sized primary care practices have the resources to implement these strategies. Through EvidenceNOW, clinics are learning from each other and using their own data to promote action and decisionmaking, while we seek to better understand how to make it possible for every healthcare team in the country to implement these strategies with their patients.

The national evaluation being led by the ESCALATES team is incredibly innovative and challenging, meeting practices where they are and looking for trends and patterns so others can learn from the EvidenceNOW experience. I believe that the research methods used in ESCALATES will move the field forward, helping researchers be more nimble and able to give healthcare providers useful information on a shorter timeline than traditional research.  I hope this is the first of many projects in which we learn a tremendous amount about how sustainable change occurs in primary care, and how primary care can play a central role in achieving the Triple Aim.

I have many roles in the primary care world: I am a researcher currently serving as president of the North American Primary Care Research Group, a recently-elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a member of the board overseeing the Family Medicine for America’s Health communications and strategic planning initiative, and a practicing family physician. The EvidenceNOW initiative impacts every one of my roles.