Celebrating Practice Based Research Networks Achievements in Vaccine Delivery

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AHRQ’s Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs) have been recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., for their outstanding work to increase the appropriate use of patient vaccines   The PBRNs conducted research and were recognized in a recent competition sponsored by AHRQ and judged by representatives of AHRQ and the National Vaccines Program Office.  Members of the PBRNs were eligible to submit research published within the past five years. The research examined innovative methods to increase the appropriate use of vaccines including: providing easier access, automated patient notification systems, automated reminders for providers and team-based care models.



Winners included Alexander Fiks, M.D., of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Zsolt Nagykaldi, Ph.D., of the Oklahoma Physicians Research/Resource Network, and Mary Patricia Nowalk, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh.


To access an abstract of Dr. Fiks’ research, select:



To access an abstract of Dr. Nagykaldi’s research, select:



To access the “Four Pillars Toolkit” developed by Dr. Nowalk, select:



AHRQ’s PBRNs are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice.  PBRNs engage clinicians in quality improvement activities and an evidence-based culture in primary care practice to improve the health of all Americans.




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