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PPRNet - Primary (Care) Practices Research Network

Current Research

  1) Research Centers in Primary Care Practice Based Research and Learning
(08/1/2012 - 07/31/2017) Principal Investigator: Steve Ornstein, MD, Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine.
Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

The goal of this project is to expand the PPRNet research team with investigators that research care for the underserved and patient activation, improve our readiness to respond to a broad scope of rapid cycle funding announcements planned for RCPC, and further enhance our infrastructure and activities for disseminating and implementing research findings through our current mission, will be enhanced using several approaches: clinical performance reports, network meetings, practice site visits, our web page, and web 2.0 applications comprising webinars and social media tools.

A strong primary health care system is needed to improve our nation’s well-being, and research in primary care is both relatively under-developed and critical. This project is intended to further develop the infrastructure of PPRNet, a long-standing successful practice-based primary care research network, and enhance its ability to conduct research critical for helping improve our primary healthcare system.


2) Translating Medication Safety Research into Primary Care Practice – Reducing ADEs from Anticoagulants, Diabetes Agents and Opioids
(10/01/2014 - 9/30/2017) Principal Investigator: Andrea Wessell, PharmD, Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine.
Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

The goal of this project is to engage primary care patients, caregivers, providers and practice staff to help define quality measures for ADEs and actionable, preventive strategies that can be broadly implemented in primary care practices


3) Reducing Overuse in Primary Care through Safe and Effective Health Information Technology
(9/30/2015 – 9/29/2018) Principal Investigator: Cara Litvin, MD, Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.
Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

The products of Aim 1 will help better assess the epidemiology of overuse in primary care and serve as tools to help clinicians reduce overuse. The findings from Aim 2 will lead to new evidence on strategies for using HIT safely and effectively in the primary care setting to reduce overuse and improve patient safety. The goals of this project are directly aligned with AHRQ’s priority areas of focus to make health care safer and improve health care affordability and efficiency. The findings from this project will be applicable to the tens of thousands of primary care providers who have adopted EHRs in the United States.

*We are currently recruiting practices for the “Reducing Overuse in Primary Care through Safe and Health Information Technology” (HIT OVERUSE) project described above. Below is the link to the practice participation agreement which includes an overview of project-related activities and participation requirements. If your practice would like to participate, please complete this form, scan and return to Dr. Litvin @ by Fri. Oct. 23rd. Please email if you have any questions about the project.


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