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Orzano, John

Institution: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Grant Title: Capacity Building in Organizational Research
Grant Number: K08 HS014018
Duration: 4 years (2004-2008)
Total Award: $533,600

Project Description: The practice-based research and organizational assessment products developed in this project will produce information that:

  1. Is relevant and useful to health care policy makers, payers, providers, and consumers.
  2. Can be applied in other health care organizational settings and.
  3. Will help address AHRQ's response to challenges of organizational research. 

Career Goals: Dr. Orzano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the Research Division at UMDNJ in New Jersey. He received his MD from Georgetown University and did his residency in Family Practice at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. He went on to receive his MPH at UMDNJ. His career goal is to conduct health services research focusing on enhancing the organizational capacity of community practices to provide safe, evidenced-based care to their patients.

Progress to Date: Qualitative analyses from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Parent Trial continue. Further, a preliminary Knowledge Management (KM) model was developed through a retrospective qualitative analysis of comparative case studies of primary care organization and prevention delivery.

Future Plans: Additional analyses will be completed from the Parent Trial. A refined KM model is being developed. Dr. Orzano will submit a grant application incorporating aspects of the KM model and refined organizational instrument and continue information dissemination efforts.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • Professional Societies:
    • American Academy of Family Physicians.
    • American Board of Family Practice.
    • Society of Teachers of Family Practice-Medical Society of NJ.
    • North American Primary Care Research Group.

K-Generated Publications:

Orzano AJ, Tallia AF, Nutting PA, et al. Are attributes of organizational performance in large health care organizations relevant in primary care practices: Health Care Management Review 2006. 31(1):2-10.

Hudson SV, Haywood-Harris S, Stange KC, Orzano J, et al. Recruiting minority primary care practices into practice-based research. Medical Care 2006. 44(7):696-700.

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