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What is a PBRN?

As defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), primary care Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) are “a group of ambulatory practices devoted principally to the primary care of patients, and affiliated in their mission to investigate questions related to community-based practice and to improve the quality of primary care.”  Traditionally, PBRNs are found in physician office settings, but pharmacy/pharmacist-based PBRNs are becoming increasingly common. As the role of pharmacists expands, so does the need and desire for pharmacists to partner in practice-based research.

Practice-Based Research Networks:

  • Bring together practitioners and researchers to collaborate on practice-related projects.
  • Facilitate collaborations that are sustained beyond any one project.
  • Examine research questions that are applicable to and ensure relevance to real-world practice.
  • Foster rapid dissemination and utilization of project findings in practice.
  • Enhance sample sizes and generalizability of findings.

For more information about PBRNs, see http://pbrn.ahrq.gov/.

What kind of projects can community
pharmacy-based PBRNs be involved with?

Here are publications describing community pharmacy practice-based research networks and associated projects.

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