the Upstate New York Practice Based Research Network. It includes
75 clinicians practicing at 49 Family Medicine sites, including
Pediatric Medicine, Internal Medicine in the 8 counties of Western
To rapidly improve
patient care by translating research into practice and
by involving practices in research. Tapping the collective
wisdom of our practicing clinicians and our patients by
putting scientific rigor to clinical observation
Our sites cover the spectrum from inner-city urban to suburban
to small-city to rural. In terms of patient population, practice
sites range from solo practices of less than 600 patients to large
off-campus extension clinics of tertiary care centers of nearly
The total patient population of the Network is 309,281 of which
an estimated 40% are residents of rural areas and 28% are members
of racial or ethnic minority groups experiencing disparities
in health outcomes.
We are currently involved in translation of research projects PEAS:
another name for Practice Facilitators are used on most projects.
We are testing means to improve care at the doctors’ office level. focusing on topics such as:
Asthma, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes Mellitus
and Patient Safety.
|What is a Primary
Care Practice Based Research Network?
A Primary Care Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) is a collaborative
of at least 5 practices that have come together to study issues
of importance to primary care practice. They all have a representative
governance structure that exists beyond the needs of a single
study and will have completed at least one study.
For the past thirty years, primary care practice-based research
networks (PBRNs) have engaged in the scientific study of primary
care. A PBRN is a group of ambulatory practices, consisting of
both academic and community-based practices devoted principally
to the primary care of patients. PBRNs are often affiliated with
each other, and often with academic or professional organizations.
Their primary role is to investigate questions related to community-based
primary care practice. Typically, PBRNs draw on the experience
and insight of practicing clinicians to identify and frame research
questions whose answers can improve the practice of primary care.
By linking these questions with rigorous research methods, the
PBRN can produce research findings that are immediately relevant
to the clinician and, in theory, can be more easily translated
into everyday practice.