Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) originated as groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care 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.
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) and six important research areas. These profiles are described in greater detail below.
AHRQ PBRN Centers for Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning (P30 Centers)
AHRQ has developed eight profiles highlighting the 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.
Thematic PBRN Profiles
AHRQ-registered PBRNs conduct innovative research in a multitude of care settings. Five of these six profiles 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.