Primary Care

AHRQ's fact sheets about primary care.

Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks

Primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs) involve practicing clinicians in asking and answering clinical and organizational questions central to primary health care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed its PBRN initiative in recognition of this work and its ability to improve the health of all Americans, and the potential of these networks to engage clinicians in quality improvement activities.

AHRQ Activities Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Address Health Care Disparities

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an approach to health and environmental research meant to increase the value of studies for both researchers and the communities participating in a study. The CBPR approach is particularly attractive for academics and public health professionals struggling to address the persistent problems of health care disparities in priority populations (including racial and ethnic minorities; low-income, rural, and inner-city populations; women; and children).

Distribution of the U.S. Primary Care Workforce

This fact sheet shows that primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are more likely to practice in rural areas than are non-primary care specialists, but are still more concentrated in urban areas.

The Number of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Practicing Primary Care in the United States

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are health professions begun in the United States in the 1960s in response to shortages and uneven distribution of physicians.

The Number of Practicing Primary Care Physicians in the United States

Among physicians in the United States who spend the majority of their time in direct patient care, slightly less than one-third are specialists in primary care.

Primary Care Workforce Facts and Stats

To further inform policy discussions around the U.S. primary care workforce, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is producing a set of fact sheets to provide health care policy and decisionmakers with information on the U.S. primary care workforce.

IMPaCT (Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation)

AHRQ has awarded four cooperative grants to support model State-level initiatives using primary care extension agents in small and mid-sized independent primary care practices to assist with primary care redesign.

Transforming Primary Care Practice: Award Recipients

In the summer of 2010, AHRQ awarded 14 transforming primary care grants totaling more than $4.1 million each year for 2 years through RFA HS-10-002. The purpose of these grants is to understand the "natural experiments" that primary care practices undergo as they transform into Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs).

2003 Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Small Research Grants

PBRNs are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice.

Early AHRQ Support for PBRN's

Primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. Prior to 2000, AHRQ (known at the time as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research) awarded more than $10 million through several grant mechanisms to various primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs), for studies across a diverse range of medical conditions.

2002 AHRQ Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Awards

Primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. In 2002, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded developmental grants of more than $3 million to 36 PBRNs.

2000 AHRQ Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Planning Grants

Primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. In 2000, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded developmental planning grants totaling $1.7 million to 19 PBRNs

2003 Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Small Research Grants

In 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded small research grants totaling more than $750,000 to eight PBRNs.

2003 Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Small Research Grants

In 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded small research grants totaling more than $750,000 to eight PBRNs.

TRIP Awards PBRN Grant Summaries

In late 2003, AHRQ, in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute, solicited research proposals from primary care Practice-Based Research Networks. The purpose was to evaluate science-based strategies for translating evidence into sustainable improvements in clinical practice and outcomes, The solicitation also addressed the development, improvement, or validation of research dissemination methods applicable to cancer control in primary care practice.

PBRNs Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Awards--Round One

In 2004, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded translational research grants totaling more than $2 million to 5 PBRNs.