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Matthew Thompson, MBChB, MPH, DPhil, MRCGP
Helen D. Cohen Endowed Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Family Medicine

Phone: 206 616 8149

Biographical Information

Matthew Thompson is the Helen D. Cohen endowed Professor of Family Medicine and Vice Chair for Research. He completed clinical training as a Family Physician in the USA and the UK, and research training at the University of Washington and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. His research has focused in 3 main areas child health, diagnostic tests, infectious disease, and has involved many different types of research designs including large cohort studies, qualitative studies, diagnostic accuracy studies, randomized controlled trials, and systematic reviews.

He has a particular interest in using new technology to improve diagnosis and monitoring for acute and chronic conditions in primary care. This includes diagnostic studies of new point of care blood tests, better ways of diagnosing and monitoring common conditions such as hypertension or atrial fibrillation, as well as understanding better how clinicians make diagnostic reasoning decisions. . In child health he has conducted some seminal work to improve knowledge about how we can better identify children presenting in primary care who have a serious illness from the large number who attend with self-limiting conditions. His research in infection has focused on common respiratory infections- including targeting which adults and children are most likely to benefit from antibiotics or antivirals, the effectiveness of steroids for sore throats and sinusitis.

As Vice Chair for Research in the Department, his vision includes growing the size and scope of the Research Section, working closely with colleagues in the other Sections on research and scholarship, and increasing research collaborations across the WWAMI region and nationally.

Teaching Interests & Roles

-Evidence based medicine teaching for students, residents, clinicians and medical technology industry
-Diagnostic research study designs
-Systematic reviews of interventions, diagnostics, and observational studies.
-Research study design in primary care
-Clinical teaching related to pediatrics, infectious diseases in primary care, diagnostic test use, chronic disease management

Research Interests & Roles

-Diagnostic testing in primary care
-Improving monitoring of chronic disease
-Child health, including diagnosis of serious and common illnesses, use of antibiotics, management of respiratory tract infections
-Evidence syntheses and evidence based guideline development and implementation
-Global primary care related to child health and chronic disease management
-Improved use of new technology in primary care settings
-Research methods including cohort studies, diagnostic accuracy studies, qualitative, systematic reviews, RCTs

Current Projects

Development & Implementation of New Diagnostic Processes and Technologies in Primary Care

Trial of electronic IMCI and vital signs to improve detection of children with serious illness in Africa

RCT of steroids for treatment of adults with sore throat (Treatment Options without Antibiotics for Sore Throat (TOAST) trial

Implementation of C-reactive protein point of care testing in the management of acute respiratory infections in primary care

Improving the Use of Antibiotics for Children with Acute Respiratory Infections in Primary Care

Cohort study of adults presenting with suspected lower respiratory tract infection in primary care to determine predictors of hospital admission with pneumonia.

Implementation of a blood pressure kiosk in Family Medicine clinics.

Diagnostic value of vital signs in children for diagnosing serious infections.

Barriers and facilitators to use of point of care testing in family practice clinics

Novel lateral flow technology for diagnosis of infections at point of care.