Practice-Based Research Network Profiles
Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) originated as groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based healthcare questions and translate research findings into practice. PBRNs link practicing clinicians with investigators experienced in health services research and distinguish themselves as settings to study processes of care and the manner in which services are delivered, diseases are diagnosed, treatments initiated, and chronic conditions managed in a "real world" setting.
AHRQ PBRN Centers for Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning (P30 Centers)
To highlight the innovative and exciting work being conducted in PBRNs, AHRQ has created a series of profiles featuring the eight AHRQ PBRN Centers for Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning (P30 Centers. These Centers bring together multiple PBRNs to leverage resources and stimulate innovation in improving the delivery and organization of primary care. Learn more about the P30 Centers and access the eight PBRN profiles.
On the map below, a red flag with the acronym of the profiled PBRN identifies its state of operations. Here are there full names, acronyms and state:
- CoCoNet 2, Coordinated Coalition of Primary Care Research Networks, Oklahoma
- COIN, Collaborative Ohio Inquiry Network, Ohio
- C-PRL, National Center for Pediatric Practice Based Research and Learning, Illinois
- Meta-LARC, Meta-Network Learning and Research Center, Washington
- MOSAIC, Meaningful Outcomes and Science to Advance Innovations Center of Excellence, Kansas
- N2, Building a Network of Safety Net PBRNs, New York
- PPRNet, Primary (Care) Practice Research Network, South Carolina
- PRIME Net, Primary Care Multi-Ethnic Network Center in Practice-Based Research and Learning, Michigan
Thematic PBRN Profiles
AHRQ-registered PBRNs conduct innovative research in a multitude of care settings, with some of them focusing on particular themes or patient groups. For example, five of six PBRNs profiled highlight the important contributions of PBRNs in advancing the knowledge base and improving care for pediatric patients, vulnerable populations, women, and rural communities and the innovative methods PBRNs use to conduct this research. The sixth profile highlights how the PBRN model has been adopted by other healthcare specialties and in non-primary care settings such as dentistry, mental health, pharmacy, neurology and alternative medicine.