Patient Self-Management

Our translational research in this area draws heavily on patient engagement and practice facilitation.

Self-management support is an important component of patient-centered care. Encouraging patients with chronic conditions to manage their health on a daily basis inspires them to learn more about their illness and take an active role in their well-being.

However, self-management support is often the most neglected component of care in the patient-centered medical home.

We strive to translate research on patient self-management support into practice.

Research Projects

This project supports mobile mammography at inner-city safety-net practices in Buffalo and expands to engage patient ambassadors to connect with women after their screening and supporting them if they require follow-up.
This project compares peer-led education to adult professional led education to improve asthma outcomes in adolescents. It is a multi-site study in Buffalo, Memphis and Baltimore.   

Research Centers/Partners


A network of patient teams from largely disadvantaged neighborhoods that partner with the Primary Care Research Institute to help shape medical practice design, research and quality-improvement initiatives.

Upstate New York Practice Based Research Network

Director: Ranjit Singh, MB BChir, MBA (Interim)

Investigates questions related to community-based primary care practice. Aims to improve patient care by translating research into practice and by involving practices in research.


Kahn, Linda

Linda Kahn, PhD

Professor, Primary Care Research Institute

UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220D Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 816-7254; Fax: (716) 845-6899


Tumiel Berhalter, Laurene

Laurene Tumiel Berhalter, PhD

Director of Community Translational Research

UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220N Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-816-7278; Fax: 716-845-6899