The Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital has a robust research portfolio emphasizing the role of general physicians in preventive medicine and population health.

Many of our investigators focus specifically on improving patient health care decisions via shared decision-making and novel use of video. The division also has a rich program addressing the health care needs of vulnerable populations, including homeless individuals, non-English speakers, immigrants and those facing social and economic barriers to quality health care.

Division investigators are actively engaged in optimizing the management of patients with multiple chronic diseases and in developing innovative means to implement proven preventive and therapeutic strategies by conducting studies within our primary care Practice-based Research Network.

Other division research programs include:

  • Cancer screening and prevention, particularly breast, cervical, colorectal, prostrate and lung cancer. 

  • Cost-effective care for patients with HIV

  • Genetics of diabetes and metabolic syndrome

  • Improving treatment choice in patients with lumbar spine disorders

  • Novel behavioral approaches to obesity

  • Optimizing prevention and treatment of pneumonia

  • Smoking cessation

  • Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation


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