Development and operation of the Wisconsin Research Network

Journal Name: 
Wis Med J
Authors: 
Beasley,J.W.
Cox,N.S.
Livingston,B.T.
Davis,J.E.
McBride,P.
Hankey,T.L.
Shropshire,R.
Roberts,R.G.
Abstract: 
In 1987, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians developed the Wisconsin Research Network (WReN) to support practice-based primary care research throughout Wisconsin. WReN has three objectives: to support the research efforts of individual physicians in community practices, to facilitate collaborative research among practicing physicians, and to provide academically based investigators with access to community practice sites. Due to a policy of actively encouraging membership, WReN has grown to 460 members during its 4-year history. Five WReN-supported papers have been published, and 22 state and national level presentations of WReN-supported research results have been made. Competitive grants totaling more than $2 million have been awarded to university-based investigators for studies using the resources of WReN. This paper describes the development, organization, and success of WReN as well as the challenges which must be addressed
9
1991
Volume: 
90
Pages: 
531-537
Keywords: 
460, ACCESS, community, Development, Family, Family Practice, history, Organizations,Nonprofit, Physicians, primary care, Research, Research Support, Societies,Medical, success, support, Wisconsin, WReN