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Results of first national demonstration project to implement patient-centered medical home released
Date:6/15/2010

t, specific clinical services and integration with other entities of the health care system and community. The PCMH has since become a rallying force behind multiple health care reform efforts and is guiding practice improvement in the United States.

Each of the eight reports in the supplement explains the context, process, outcomes, lessons and implications of the NDP from different perspectives.

  • The first report by Stange et al, introduces the supplement and provides context for the project, including the evolution of the PCMH concept, the roots of the NDP and the opportunities and challenges facing primary care.
  • The second report by Jan et al, explains the multimethod approach used to evaluate the NDP.
  • The third report by Stewart et al, portrays how the NDP unfolded as seen by the independent evaluators.
  • The fourth report by Nutting et al, examines the degree to which the wide range of NDP model components was implemented and reports on practice-level outcomes.
  • The fifth report by Nutting et al, brings to life the journeys experienced by the NDP practices.
  • The sixth report by Jan et al, assesses the effect of the NDP intervention on patients and patient care.
  • The seventh report by Miller et al, describes new ways of understanding and approaching the practice development process, and provides insights for those planning and implementing change.
  • The closing report by Crabtree et al, examines policy and practice implications of the NDP for those attempting to reform primary care and the health care system.

The NDP was designed to show how family medicine practices can be re-formed as part of larger reform efforts to improve the quality of U.S. health care. "Primary care is the canary in the mine of the broken US health care system," writes Kurt C. Stange, M.D., Ph.D., evaluator and professor of family medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics, sociology and oncology at Case
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