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Practice-Based Research Networks

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What is a Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN)?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a primary care practice-based research network, or PBRN, as "groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice."

PBRNs encourage clinicians and practices to work together with academic researchers to develop research questions and design and conduct studies in real-life clinical practice settings.

Did You Know?

The University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine pioneered one of the early regional practice-based research networks called the Family Medicine Information System, and then established the first national PBRN, the Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network.