Dec. 21, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 50

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International family medicine conference highlights UTHSC strengths

Photo of group (L-R) Drs. Sandra Burge, Michael Parchman, Lewis Rose, Carlos Jaén, Manual Oscos-Sanchez and Robert Ferrer meet after returning from the 2001 NAPCRG Conference in Canada.



Seven department of family and community medicine faculty members made a triumphant return from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Drs. Sandra Burge, Walt Calmbach, Robert Ferrer, Carlos Jaén, Manuel Oscos-Sanchez, Michael Parchman and Lewis Rose collectively presented nine papers at the October 2001 conference.

Dr. Parchman received the Distinguished Paper Award for his study, "Continuity of Care, Stages of Change for Self-Management Behaviors and Glucose Control Among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes."

"I have been a member of the NAPCRG for about 10 years and I have presented papers in the past," Dr. Parchman said. "But I was speechless when I read the letter informing me of my selection."

Dr. Parchman's paper was one of six awarded among 459 presentations. His research highlights the importance of continuous care for glucose control in diabetics.

"This is one of the first times the effect of continuity of care has been empirically demonstrated," said Dr. Jaén, chairman of the department of family and community medicine. "Dr. Parchman's work is an example of the excellent health service research that is taking place at our institution. It became very clear at the conference that our department provides leadership in primary care research in the United States and beyond."

Health Science Center faculty members have long played a prominent role in the NAPCRG. Several members hold key leadership positions, and this is the second year in a row a UTHSC faculty member received a Distinguished Paper Award.

"Leaders of NAPCRG take pride in providing a nurturing environment for investigators and work hard to develop faculty interest and skills in research," Dr. Burge said. "The conference provides many venues that showcase the work of experienced investigators, build the skills of developing researchers and share the work of all members."

The NAPCRG is the premier research organization for the family medicine discipline. Approximately 1,000 physicians and health research professionals in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Western Europe belong to the organization.


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