Through the discovery, translation and dissemination of family medicine knowledge, we strive to improve the health of individuals, families, communities and populations, with an emphasis on chronic conditions.

Dr. Koch in clinic

Our commitment to research is strong and ongoing. We are confident that our efforts to discover and share family medicine knowledge and technology will continue to impact physicians' approaches to primary care and improve health for patients across the nation.

Researchers in our department have skills in a variety of investigative designs and analyses applicable to family medicine research. These skills include experience with epidemiological research, health services research, survey research, clinical trials, and qualitative research. Current efforts of our multidisciplinary faculty focus on a broad range of topics that include palliative care and caregiver research, health and health disparities of indigenous, minority and underserved populations, hypertension, childhood obesity, technology design and implementation, and population and public health issues.

In 1979, our department established a fellowship program designed to prepare family physicians for careers in academic medicine. Through the years family medicine fellows have strengthened the research efforts of our department.

MU’s School of Medicine, along with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, recently developed Grant Writing in Outcomes Research Workshop (GROW). This nine-month faculty development program focuses on clinical outcomes research and health services research and is designed to promote interdisciplinary research and collaborations among SOM faculty members.

Research Collaboration

Thirteen members in the Department of Family and Community Medicine have 269 collaborations.

  • Fifty percent of department collaborations are internal to University of Missouri (n = 134).
  • There are 135 external collaborations, 19 of which are with international universities/entities.
  • Among all collaborations, there are 79 unique affiliations/universities.
  • Department collaborations extend to 32 different states (plus seven international locations).
  • Of the 134 internal collaborations, there are 41 different University of Missouri departments/disciplines.

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