Preventing the voltage drop: keeping practice-based research network (PBRN) practices engaged in studies

Journal Name: 
J Am Board Fam Med
Authors: 
Yawn,B.P.
Dietrich,A.
Graham,D.
Bertram,S.
Kurland,M.
Madison,S.
Littlefield,D.
Manning,B.
Smail,C.
Pace,W.
Abstract: 
Introduction: Practice-based research continues to evolve and has become a major methodology for many pragmatic studies. While early practice-based network projects were usually short term, current studies often introduce or compare practice innovations that require long-term evaluation. That change requires that practice sites remain engaged in research work for up to 5 years, a time that can allow for a significant "voltage drop," or decline in active participation. METHODS: Over the past 15 years we have developed and adapted several strategies to facilitate and encourage the continued active engagement of practices in practice-based research network studies of up to 5 years' duration. The concepts, details, evaluation, and results (when available) of the strategies are described. RESULTS: Eight strategies that enhance practice sites' attention to enrollment, data collection and continued use of the implemented practice change are described. CONCLUSION: The loss of momentum, or "voltage drop," that happens in longer-term practice-based research network studies can be addressed using multiple strategies
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2014
Volume: 
27
Pages: 
123-135
Keywords: 
Attention, data, Data Collection, evaluation, Family, medical, Methods, Physicians, practice-based research, Research, Time