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Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, VCU Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Family Medicine and Population Health Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center

VCU Department of Family Medicine


Welcome to the research pages for the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at VCU. This area includes important information about all of our research activities, including the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN), our well-respected practice-based research network composed of more than 90 practices throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.

The VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health has a long interest in primary care practice-based research, dating to the Virginia Study in the 1970s, which was among the first efforts to catalog the essential components of primary care. In the 1990s, the National Cancer Institute Prescribe for Health Programs funded the department to help study the use of office-based computer technology to improve the delivery of clinical preventive services. Our innovative approaches to studying problems and issues of importance in primary care practice have dramatically increased over time.

Now, our research focuses on studying and improving quality in primary care settings, with a special focus on helping patients improve health behaviors, harnessing information technology and improving systems of care. Our funding portfolio includes grants and contracts from governmental agencies, such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, and the Virginia Department of Health, as well as private foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Our faculty represent a multi-disciplinary approach to research and come from such fields as family medicine, health services, biostatistics and epidemiology, social and behavioral science, and public health. Their work has been published in national and international peer-review journals.

We welcome you to review our research pages provided here to learn more about our various research programs and get acquainted with our faculty, their research programs and publications, and a vast array of their scholarly work.