IM grad joins primary care research


GRANITE FALLS, N.C. –A North Carolina family physician with ties to the Iron Mountain area is participating in new research on patient care.

Dr. Edward Bujold is a graduate of Iron Mountain High School. He is the son of Rosella Bujold-Isenberg of Iron Mountain and the late Robert Bujold.

Bujold and his patient, Ray Haeme, are engaged in the Patient and Clinician Engagement, or PaCE, program, a national research association that is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

PaCE strives to develop a national community of primary care providers and patients that will nurture primary care research and ultimately improve care for patients, families and their communities.

“By working together, we are able to provide meaningful input into national research,” Bujold said. “This allows us to utilize local patient experiences and impact the way medicine is practiced on a national level.”

The PaCE program brings together a health care provider and a patient to form a dyad. These dyads provide national research networks with critical input that can impact change in the ways health care is delivered across the nation.

Bujold was excited to have Haeme’s involvement in the process.

“Ray is a retired Army colonel who then spent over 20 years with Boos Allen working as a consultant,” Bujold said. “He brings a wide range of skills to this partnership. He has a strong interest in making health care and health care delivery more affordable and available to our local patient population. He also sits on our clinic’s patient advisory committee providing valuable input into how we can improve care for patients in our own community.”

Bujold was also invited to attend North American Primary Care Research Group annual meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo.

NAPCRG is an international, multidisciplinary organization for primary care researchers. At the meeting, Bujold engaged with health care providers and researchers from throughout the country.

“NAPCRG is an international community with partnerships in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico,” Bujold said. “I enjoy comparing notes about each of our health care systems. We try to learn from each other even though we are in completely different systems.

In November 2016, a You Tube Video was presented by Bujold about the benefits of doing research within an office-based setting.

“I received a $30,000 grant to create this video which was two years in the making. It was a very rewarding experience and a fun project working with and getting to know and collaborate with Evans Video Laboratory in Toronto, Canada,” he said.

The PaCE program is a concept that goes well with Bujold’s practice philosophy and the Patient-Centered Medical Home model, or PCMH, a care delivery model in which all medical care is coordinated through a primary care physician.

This helps to make sure that patients are receiving the appropriate level of care coordination throughout the care delivery process. According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, PCMH models were named “One of America’s Best Family Doctors” by the Consumer Research Council of America.

Bujold has been providing personalized family medicine for more than 25 years. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an American Academy of Family Practice fellow.