Frequently Asked Questions
How would participation in Rx-SafeNet benefit a community pharmacy?
There are many potential benefits of participation. The benefits considered the most important by respondents in a survey of Rx-SafeNet site coordinators was an improved relationship with the College of Pharmacy and enhanced professional development. Other potential benefits include invitations to network meetings, the potential to receive CE credit for some network activities, enhanced research skills, networking opportunities, and the opportunity to contribute to the professional literature. (Patel P, Hemmeger H, Kozak MA, Gernant SA, Snyder ME. Community pharmacist participation in a practice-based research network (PBRN): a report from the Medication Safety Research Network of Indiana (Rx-SafeNet). J Am Pharm Assoc. 2015; 55: 649-55.)
I am interested in joining the network, but I am
very busy. Do I have to participate in every project?
No! Network pharmacies are encouraged to participate in at least one project per year, however projects are always opt-in. When site coordinators are contacted with project ideas that their pharmacy does not wish to participate in, they should simply indicate this. This is also important since it helps to prioritize which projects are selected for completion in Rx-SafeNet; we only want to complete projects that members are interested in participating in. In addition, we recognize that projects will vary in the amount of time required and so you may not be able to always choose to participate in a project that requires more time.
I am already involved in research projects
outside of the network. Do I have to stop participating
in these projects or decline project opportunities that I am
approached with in the future that are not through the network?
No! Participation in Rx-SafeNet is completely voluntary and creation of a network serves to form an ongoing collaboration between interested pharmacists and researchers. However, you may always choose to participate in projects outside of Rx-SafeNet. We would never ask for you to stop participating in a non-network project.
I don’t have a lot of research experience. Am I still able to join?
Absolutely! The network model brings together both those with significant pharmacy practice experience and those with more research experience so that everyone can learn from each other. In addition, network meetings, along with training for individual projects, will enable individuals to gain more research experience.
What types of projects would we be asked to
participate in and what sort of data would be collected?
There are many types of project ideas submitted to the network. Some may involve asking pharmacy staff or patients to complete surveys or some may include an intervention where some pharmacies engage in one activity while others do another so the outcomes can be compared.