Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) are promising laboratories for conducting dissemination and implementation research

John Heintzman, Rachel Gold, Alexander Krist, Jay Crosson, Sonja Likumahuwa, Jennifer E. Devoe

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Abstract

Dissemination and implementation science addresses the application of research findings in varied health care settings. Despite the potential benefit of dissemination and implementation work to primary care, ideal laboratories for this science have been elusive. Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) have a long history of conducting research in community clinical settings, demonstrating an approach that could be used to execute multiple research projects over time in broad and varied settings. PBRNs also are uniquely structured and increasingly involved in pragmatic trials, a research design central to dissemination and implementation science. We argue that PBRNs and dissemination and implementation scientists are ideally suited to work together and that the collaboration of these 2 groups will yield great value for the future of primary care and the delivery of evidence-based health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-762
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

Keywords

  • Dissemination and implementation science
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Practice-based research
  • Pragmatic trials
  • Primary health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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