AHRQ Centers in Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning

AHRQ Awards Eight Institutions to Support Collaborative Centers for Primary Care Practice-Based Research

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality has announced grant awards to eight institutions to support collaborative centers for primary care practice-based research. “Funding these Centers will help to inform the delivery and organization of primary care and to create communities of learning among primary care practices, in which they may improve health care quality, patient safety, and effectiveness of care,” said David Meyers, Director of AHRQ’s Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships. 

For over a decade, AHRQ has invested in primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs) - groups of ambulatory medical practices devoted principally to the primary care of patients that join to conduct and disseminate research to improve the practice of primary care. While AHRQ has supported PBRNs with as few as 15 primary care practices, each Center created through this program has a minimum of 120 member practices and several have more than 500.

Many of the Centers are collaborations between smaller well-established PBRNs. By leveraging common resources, these Centers are expected to improve productivity and to develop the ability to plan and conduct independent research projects more quickly and produce results that are more generalizable than they would as separate PBRNs.

To read more about the new Centers, please visit: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/rescenters.htm

To learn more about primary care Practice-based Research Networks, please visit: www.PBRN.AHRQ.gov.