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AHRQ Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Initiative

PBRNs are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice.

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Primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs) involve practicing clinicians in asking and answering clinical and organizational questions about primary health care. Recognizing the importance of this work, its ability to improve the health of all Americans, and the potential of these networks to engage clinicians in quality improvement activities and an evidence-based culture in primary care practice, AHRQ has developed its PBRN initiative.

Introduction to AHRQ's PBRN initiative
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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AHRQ Support for PBRNs

Between 2000 and 2005, AHRQ funded four major competitive grant programs directed at PBRNs. In addition to funding opportunities, AHRQ is supporting PBRNs through a national resource center, an annual national conference, peer learning groups, an electronic PBRN research repository, and a dedicated community extranet.

AHRQ Funding Support for PBRNs
Additional AHRQ Support for PBRNs

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For More Information

For more information about AHRQ's Primary Care PBRN initiative, contact:

Natalie Alter
Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships (CP3)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Phone: (301) 427-1569

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