The Online Journal

Volume 3, Issue 2 (Summer 2017)

Editor-in-Chief’s Comments

We are proud to announce the latest edition of the MAHEC Online Journal of Research!

MAHEC prioritizes innovation. This value is often manifested in our practice sites exploring and evaluating new ways to deliver optimal care to our patients. This issue houses several interesting articles examining evolving models of care.

First, the MAHEC Ob/Gyn Specialists team presents an evaluation of the CenteringPregnancy™ program and the potential impact this model of care has on birth outcomes. The article provides compelling support for this innovative delivery of care.

Have you noticed more women asking about a home birth? Descieux, et al. describe this growing phenomenon, especially in western NC, and evaluate the literature to determine factors that compel some women to choose a home birth.

Next, Galvin, et al. examine the Family Health Center’s Chronic Pain Management Program to determine if patients who receive care through this model have improved pain self-efficacy scores and more appropriate pain medication regimens. As we all grapple to deal with the opioid epidemic, novel models of care that provide improved patient outcomes are imperative.

Finally, Pior and Johnson evaluate the recent literature surrounding whether it is safe to use ondansetron in early pregnancy. This article is a must read as it highlights the recent data prompting a significant shift in practice for many of our providers caring for women during pregnancy.

We hope you enjoy this edition!

Courtenay Gilmore Wilson, PharmD, CDE, BCPS, BCACP, CPP



Care Utilization and Birth Outcomes among Women Obtaining CenteringPregnancy™ Group Prenatal Care

Kiran Sigmon, MDa, AnnaBeth Parlier, BSb, Katie Descieux, MAb, Kacey R. Scott, MLISc, Shelley L. Galvin, MAa,b

PDF | Abstract

Why Women Choose Home Birth: A Narrative Review

Katie Descieux, MAb, Kathik Kavasseri, MDd, Kacey R. Scott, MLISc, AnnaBeth Parlier, BSb

PDF | Abstract

Patient-centered Self-management of Chronic Pain Improves Patients' Self-efficacy

Shelley L. Galvin, MAa,b, AnnaBeth Parlier, BSb, Elizabeth Flemming, MA, LPCe, Carriedelle Fusco, FNPd

PDF | Abstract

Is Ondansetron Safe in Pregnancy? A Recommendation Based on Literature Review

Jessica Pior, MDd, Travis Johnson, MDd

PDF | Abstract

Author Affiliations

Mountain Area Health Education Center:
aDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology; bDivision of Research; cLibrary and Knowledge Services; dDivision of Family Medicine; eRegional Services

Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief: Courtenay Gilmore Wilson, PharmD, CDE, BCPS, BCACP, CPP
Managing Editor: Joan Colburn, MLIS
Associate Editor: Shelley Galvin, MA

The MAHEC Online Journal of Research, published by the Mountain Area Health Education Center, promotes and publishes peer-reviewed, learner research and other scholarly activities that advance the understanding of our patients, evidence-based patient care, and education in obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, general surgery, psychiatry, pharmacy, hospice and palliative care, geriatrics, and general dentistry.

These open access articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License which permits their use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and the purpose is non-commercial.