Nancy Pandhi, MD, MPH, PhD, discusses her team’s research at NAPCRG’s poster walk.

Nancy Pandhi, MD, MPH, PhD, discusses her team’s research at NAPCRG’s poster walk.

Congratulations to Nancy Pandhi, MD, MPH, PhD, whose team’s research poster, “Engaging the Community in Identifying and Prioritizing Outcomes for Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health,” was one of three to receive a Patient’s Choice Award at the North American Primary Care Research Group’s (NAPCRG) 43rd annual meeting, held October 24-28, 2015.

The award recognizes outstanding patient-centered outcomes research related to primary care, as voted on by actual patients and practicing clinicians.

To facilitate this, NAPCRG invites up to 10 patients and 10 clinicians to its annual meeting and educates them on patient engagement and primary care research. They then view all the posters at the meeting and vote on the ones that most resonate with patients and communities.

It’s part of a NAPCRG project called Patient and Clinician Engagement (PaCE). “PaCE is a new initiative in which we’re working to incorporate patient voices in our organization, and ultimately into primary care research,” explained Jessica Sand, MPH, who manages the project for NAPCRG.

Research That Includes Patient Voices

The research summarized in Dr. Pandhi’s poster is based on her “Dane 1 in 4” project, the first large-scale effort to include patient and community voices in mental health research in primary care.

Specifically, it investigates how people perceive models for integrating mental health care in the primary care setting – and which outcomes are important when they receive this care.

Learn more about the research behind Dr. Pandhi’s award-winning poster at

First, her team produced short videos showing what it was like to receive care in an integrated mental health/primary care model.

The team then surveyed 381 patients—35% of whom were low income, 28% of whom were non-white and 44% of whom had a mental health diagnosis—to identify what they liked, didn’t like, and desired from the models depicted in the videos.

Respondents said they valued four main outcomes: their overall well-being; being treated with dignity and respect; being able to access timely, high-quality services; and liking and respecting the professionals who provide care.

Dr. Pandhi’s team has since invited people who have personally experienced these care models to rank those outcomes by importance. To see results from those focus groups, visit

More DFMCH Research at NAPCRG

NAPCRG also selected Dr. Pandhi’s poster for its poster walk, which introduces students, residents, and fellows to experts in the field of primary care research.

In addition, DFMCH faculty, staff, and learners also presented six more posters, six concurrent paper sessions/workshops, and two workshops at NAPCRG, as follows:


  • Work After Work: The Impact of Electronic Health Record Use on Primary Care Physician Workload (Brian Arndt, MD; John Beasley, MD; Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD; Wen Jan Tuan; Valerie Gilchrist, MD)
  • Real Time Surveillance of RSV in Primary Care (Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD; Shari Barlow; Amber Schemmel; Maureen Landsverk; Emily Temte; David Hahn, MD, MS; Thomas Haupt; Erik Reisdorf; Mary Wedig; Peter Shult; John Tamerius)
  • Primary Health Care Experiences of Transgender Youth and Adults: A Qualitative Study (James Conniff, MD; Stephanie Budge; Sabra Katz-Wise)
  • Rapid Influenza Detection and Response in a Long-Term Care Facility (Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD; Shari Barlow; Amber Schemmel; Emily Temte; Maureen Landsverk; Irene Hamrick, MD; Thomas Haupt; Erik Reisdorf; Peter Shult; Mary Wedig; John Tamerius)
  • Education for the Effective and Efficient Use of Health Information Technology (HIT) for Health Profession Students (Matthew Swedlund; Erkin Otles, BS; Eneida Mendonca, MD, PhD; Marie Sandoval, MD; John Beasley, MD)
  • Prescription Opioid Abuse Behaviors: Exploitation of System Weaknesses (Gabrielle Waclawik, BSC; Cindy Burzinski, MSc; Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD)

Concurrent Paper Sessions/Workshops

  • Practice-Based Research Networks Ceding to a Single Institutional Review Board: A Report From Meta-LARC (Jeanette Daly, PhD; Katherine Judge, MSSW; LeAnn Michaels; Tabria Winer, MPH; Barcey Levy, MD, PhD; David Hahn, MD, MS; L.J. Fagnan, MD; Donald Nease, Jr, MD)
  • Mixed-Method Assessment of Self-Management Support Tool Implementation: A Report From the INSTTEPP Trial (Douglas Fernald, MA; L.J. Fagnan, MD; LeAnn Michaels; David Hahn, MD, MS; Katherine Judge, MSSW; Barcey Levy, MD, PhD; Jeanette Daly, PhD; Matthew Simpson, MD, MPH; Paige Backlund Jarquin, MPH; Donald Nease, Jr, MD)
  • Disseminating Boot Camp Translation Among MetaLARC Networks Through INSTTEPP (Donald Nease, Jr, MD; David Hahn, MD, MS; Barcey Levy, MD, PhD; Douglas Fernald, MA; John Westfall, MD, MPH; L. Miriam Dickinson, PhD; Matthew Simpson, MD, MPH; Jeanette Daly, PhD; Katherine Judge, MSSW; LeAnn Michaels; Paige Backlund Jarquin, MPH; L.J. Fagnan, MD)                                               
  • Successful Impact on SMS Care Using a Boot Camp Translation Intervention: A Report From the INSTTEPP Trial (Donald Nease, Jr, MD; L. Miriam Dickinson, PhD; Douglas Fernald, MA; David Hahn, MD, MS; Barcey Levy, MD, PhD; Matthew Simpson, MD, MPH; Paige Backlund Jarquin, MPH; Jeanette Daly, PhD; Katherine Judge, MSSW; LeAnn Michaels; France Legare, MD, MSc, PhD, CCMF; John Westfall, MD, MPH; L.J. Fagnan, MD)
  • Translating Self-Management Support Tools into Family Medicine Practices: A Report From Meta-LARC (Matthew Simpson, MD, MPH; Paige Backlund Jarquin,MPH; Jeanette Daly, PhD; Barcey Levy, MD, PhD; LeAnnMichaels; L.J. Fagnan, MD; Katherine Judge, MSSW; David Hahn, MD, MS; Douglas Fernald, MA; Donald Nease, Jr, MD)
  • Feeling Loved: A New Self-Report Measure for Clinical Research (Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD; Joe Chase; Tola Ewers; Supriya Hayer; Dan Muller)


  • How Do We Move Beyond Tokenism in Patient Engagement? What Are the Top 5 Things We Need To Know About Engaging Patients in the Research Process? (David Hahn, MD, MS; L.J. Fagnan, MD; John Westfall, MD, MPH)
  • Developing Research Patient Data Registries (RPDR) for a Rapid Learning Health System in Primary Care (Lawrence Hanrahan, PhD, MS; Jeffrey Scherrer, PhD; David Mehr, MD, MS; Christina Holt, MD, MSc)

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Published: January 2016