Christine Everett, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, assistant professor of community and family medicine at the Duke Physician Assistant Program, is the first physician assistant faculty member in the United States to receive a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.
She is the recipient of a K01 grant awarded by the National Institute of Aging to study “Impact of Primary Care Clinician Interdependence and Coordination on Quality of Care Delivered to Complex Older Patients with Diabetes.” The project will be funded from Aug. 1, 2016, to April 30, 2021.
Everett’s long-term goal with the project is to improve chronic illness care for older complex patients through identification and implementation of effective primary care teams, including physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs).
Aims of the project are:
- To describe the methods of coordination utilized between PA and NPs and physicians on primary care teams
- To evaluate the relationship between the interdependence of PA and NPs and physicians on primary care teams and outcomes (glycemic and lipid control as well as patient treatment goals) for older patients with diabetes
- To determine if methods of coordination mediate the relationship between PA and NP role, interdependence and outcomes for older patients with diabetes
Mentors for the interprofessional project include:
- Sharron Docherty, Ph.D., associate professor, Duke University School of Nursing
- Jonathon Cummings, Ph.D., associate professor, The Fuqua School of Business
- George Jackson, Ph.D., associate professor, General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
- Valerie Smith, DrPh, assistant professor, General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
- Eugene Oddone, M.D., associate professor, General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Center for Health Policy Research and Education, Durham VA Medical Center
- Perri Morgan, Ph.D., PA-C, professor, Duke Physician Assistant Program