Research | UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine


Our faculty and researchers are at the forefront of research and have expertise in a range of areas, from health equity to chronic diseases.

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Research Expertise

We conduct research aimed at giving health care providers, consumers and policymakers the information they need for informed decision making, including:

  • Physician-patient communication
  • Addressing social determinants of health
  • Chronic illness care
  • Substance misuse
  • Opioid pharmacoepidemiology
  • Screening and preventive services
  • Medical education and workforce development
Selected current projects

Our faculty and researchers are actively engaged in cutting-edge research projects that aim to improve patient outcomes, inform clinical practice, and shape healthcare policy. Explore our current research projects and learn more about the innovative work being conducted by our team.

This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded project will use population data to examine factors leading to co-prescriptions of opioids and sedative medications which pose higher risk of overdose.

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Stigma against those who use substances, from healthcare professionals, family, friends, the general community, and even themselves, is considered to be a major barrier to successful engagement in treatment. This project focuses on how to measure stigma among substance users and how to change it. 

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EnROUTE is a mixed methods study designed to integrate patient, provider, and community perspectives with epidemiologic data to address transportation insecurity in patients with end stage kidney disease (ESKD) treated with in-center hemodialysis.

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