Robert Reid is best known for his seminal work in evaluating Group Health’s pioneering patient-centered medical home. This way of coordinating and streamlining care—and grounding it in team-based primary care—yielded cost savings, lowered death rates, and improved patient outcomes.
Dr. Reid wears two hats at Group Health: as a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) and the medical director of research translation at Group Health Cooperative. This second role is unusual: In it, he helps to translate research into practice and policy at Group Health and beyond—but that’s not all. He also helps to integrate research projects and programs into Group Health’s care, financing, and operations.
All of Dr. Reid’s work is unified by his mission to improve primary care organization, financing, and design—and to translate preventive and chronic care research into day-to-day clinical practice.
A member of GHRI’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, Dr. Reid previously served as an associate medical director of preventive care and a family physician at Group Health. Earlier he taught at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and worked on health reform in Canada, helping to translate research into policy. He is a primary care physician specializing in general preventive medicine with master's training in public health and doctoral training in health policy and management. This background in primary care and preventive medicine helps him to focus on whether system changes will work on the front lines: for patients, clinicians, and care teams.
He credits four mentors:
A fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Reid has lectured regionally, nationally, and internationally: from Olympia, the Mayo Clinic, and Harvard to Ottawa, London, and New Zealand. He is also an affiliate associate professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health and an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health in Vancouver.
Primary care organization, finance, and delivery; translation of preventive and chronic care research into clinical practice
Screening; health behavior change; intimate partner violence
Organization and financing; access to care; continuity, referral and care coordination, comorbidity
O'Malley AS, Rich EC, Maccarone A, DesRoches CM, Reid RJ. Disentangling the linkage of primary care features to patient outcomes: a review of current literature, data sources, and measurement needs. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Aug;30 Suppl 3:576-85. doi: 10.1007/s11606-015-3311-9. PubMed
Hvitfeldt Forsberg HH, Nelson E, Reid RJ, Grossman DC, Mastanduno MP, Weiss LT, Fisher ES, Weinstein JN. Using patient-reported outcomes in routine practice: three novel use cases and implications. J Ambul Care Manage. 2015 Apr-Jun;38(2):188-95. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000052.
Cromp D, Hsu C, Coleman K, Fishman PA, Liss DT, Ehrlich K, Johnson E, Ross TR, Trescott C, Trehearne B, Reid RJ. Barriers and facilitators to team-based care in the context of primary care transformation. J Ambul Care Manage. 2015 Apr-Jun;38(2):125-33. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000056.
Ludman EJ, McCorkle R, Bowles EA, Rutter CM, Chubak J, Tuzzio L, Jones S, Reid RJ, Penfold R, Wagner EH. Do depressed newly diagnosed cancer patients differentially benefit from nurse navigation? Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 28. pii: S0163-8343(15)00038-9. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.02.008 [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
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The Chicago Tribune, Apr 23, 2014