George R. Parkerson

Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Community Health
348 Hanes House, Durham, NC 27710
(919) 681-3043

My principal research interest is measurement of health as self-reported by individuals. This includes health-related quality of life, determinants of health, and health-related outcomes. At the present time I am conducting a study to validate the new Duke Population Health Profile (Duke-PH), a 15-item patient self-report survey that measures individual quality of life, social determinants of health, and outcomes. In the past, I helped develop the Duke-UNC Health Profile (1981), the Duke Health Profile (1990), the Duke Severity of Illness Checklist (1989), the Duke Social Support and Stress Scale (1989), the Duke Anxiety-Depression Scale (1997), and the Duke Case-Mix System (1997).

Education and Training

  • Duke University, M.D. 1953
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.P.H. 1977


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Parkerson GR, Eisenson HJ, Campbell C. Testing the Duke Population Health Profile (Duke-PH) in a Sample of Community Health Center Patients.. Front Public Health. 2019;7.

Parkerson GR, Hammond WE, Michener JL, Yarnall KSH, Johnson JL. Risk classification of adult primary care patients by self-reported quality of life. Med Care. 2005 Feb;43(2):189-193. PubMed PMID: 15655433.

Hanh VTX, Guillemin F, Cong DD, Jr GRP, Thu PB, Quynh PT, Briançon S. Health related quality of life of adolescents in Vietnam: Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Adolescent Duke Health Profile. Journal of Adolescence. 2005;28(1):127-146. PubMed PMID: 15683639.

Wu LR, Parkerson GR, Doraiswamy PM. Health perception, pain, and disability as correlates of anxiety and depression symptoms in primary care patients. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2002 May;15(3):183-190. PubMed PMID: 12038724.

Parkerson GR, Harrell FE, Hammond WE, Wang XQ. Characteristics of adult primary care patients as predictors of future health services charges. Med Care. 2001 Nov;39(11):1170-1181. PubMed PMID: 11606871.

Parkerson GR, Bell HS, Albright JB, Krause K. A telephone needs assessment for potential high utilizers. Fam Med. 2001 Jun;33(6):466-472. PubMed PMID: 11411976.

Parkerson GR, Gutman RA. Health-related quality of life predictors of survival and hospital utilization. Health Care Financ Rev. 2000;21(3):171-184. PubMed PMID: 11481754.

Parkerson GR, Schunterman MF, Sattler LL. [The Duke Severity of Illness Checklist]. Rehabilitation (Stuttg). 1998 Feb;37(1):suppl I-XV-. PubMed PMID: 9551508.

Willke RJ, Yen W, Jr GRP, Linet OI, Erder MH, Glick HA. Quality of life effects of alprostadil therapy for erectile dysfunction: Results of a trial in Europe and South Africa. International Journal of Impotence Research. 1998;10(4):239-246. PubMed PMID: 9884920.