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Polly Noel, Ph.D.

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Guided by the Chronic Care Model, Dr. Polly Noël’s research focuses on the quality of chronic illness care and interventions to improve patient self-management support and management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and obesity in the primary care setting.

Her prior research includes serving as a site-PI for a multicenter randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of collaborative care for late life depression in primary care and as Co-PI of a group randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of practice facilitation to improve the quality of diabetes care in small community-based primary care practices.

Dr. Noël’s current research includes an examination of the benefits of primary care-senior center linkages on the health and functioning of older adults with diabetes.

Selected Publications

Noël PH, Frueh BC, Larme AC, Pugh JA. Collaborative care needs and preferences of primary care patients with multimorbidity. Health Expect. 2005 Mar;8(1):54-63.

Noël PH, Parchman ML, Williams JW Jr, Cornell JE, Shuko L, Zeber JE, Kazis LE, Lee AF, Pugh JA. The challenges of multimorbidity from the patient perspective. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Dec;22 Suppl 3:419-24.

Parchman ML, Noel PH, Culler SD, Lanham HJ, Leykum LK, Romero RL, Palmer RF. A randomized trial of practice facilitation to improve the delivery of chronic illness care in primary care: initial and sustained effects. Implement Sci. 2013 Aug 22;8:93.

Noël PH, Lanham HJ, Palmer RF, Leykum LK, Parchman ML. The importance of relational coordination and reciprocal learning for chronic illness care within primary care teams. Health Care Manage Rev. 2013 Jan-Mar;38(1):20-8.

Noël PH, Parchman ML, Palmer RF, Romero RL, Leykum LK, Lanham HJ, Zeber JE, Bowers KW. Alignment of patient and primary care practice member perspectives of chronic illness care: a cross-sectional analysis. BMC Fam Pract. 2014 Mar 29;15:57.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology/Health Psychology Track, Louisiana State University, 1993

M.A., Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 1984



Phone: 210-617-5110

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