Excerpt: Definition of Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a PBRN as a group of clinicians and practices working together in ambulatory care to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice.
PBRNs address research questions that require a realworld setting to be answered. Ambulatory care settings, partnering with academic institutions, form the “laboratory” in which these research questions are pursued. The Integrated Chiropractic Outcomes Network (ICON) is a PBRN established in 2011, with the pediatric specialty group (PedCaReNet) established in 2012. ICON is an interinstitutional collaboration combining the expertise of experienced investigators who have conducted a number of practice-based research studies in other venues. ICON is intended to be an “engine” that can drive projects that require a real-world ambulatory care setting in order to answer a specific research question.
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