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Research Network: A Program of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Research Network is a nonprofit organization of family physicians and other health providers that promotes and conducts practice-based research to further the practice of family medicine. Membership includes more than 200 family physicians, residents and allied professionals representing more than 100 medical practices located primarily in Minnesota.

Research Projects ▼ | Becoming a Member ▼ | Contact Us ▼ | Research Resources & Opportunities ►

Research Network Leadership

Network Director
Kevin Peterson, M.D.

MAFPRN Steering Committee
Kevin Peterson, M.D., Chair
Sheri Bergeron, M.D.
Mickey Eder, Ph.D.
Mohammad Tariq Fareed, M.D.
Patricia Fontaine, M.D.
David Hunter, M.D.
Diane Madlon-Kay, M.D.
Tai Mendenhall, M.D.
Christina Nowak
Javaid Saleem, M.D.
George Smith, M.D.
Barbara Yawn, M.D.

Research Projects

Measuring Variation in the Engagement of Primary Care and Public Health and Impact on Population Health
This is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study funded in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health. The purpose is to examine variation in the degree of primary care and public health integration across local public health jurisdictions, identify factors that may contribute to or impede collaboration, and assess whether areas of increased collaboration have better health outcomes. With Minnesota as lead, this study involves PBRNs in Colorado, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The CKD Guidelines Follow-up
This study is a brief set of follow up interviews with key stakeholders from the CKD study. Qualitative analysis will provide additional information on essential components of practice change. Leveraging PBRNs to implement CKD Guidelines which was completed in September, 2013. Lead by Dr. Therese Zink, this study involved 24 MAFPRN practices. The study evaluated effective methods of new guideline dissemination and implementation in primary care practice. In addition, the MAFPRN continues work improving an electronic tool to support member and study management in practice-based research networks. Used by several PBRNs across the country, the NDMT (NetworkDirectorManagement) software provides support for member and study tracking capabilities.

Become a Research Network Member

Membership is the MAFP Research Network has many benefits. Some of these include:

  • Opportunity to propose or participate in regional and national family medicine based studies. These often include opportunities for authorship and active participation in writing papers. The extent of your involvement is limited only by your time and interest.
  • Opportunity for collaboration with community-based or academic researchers.
  • Free subscription to the PRN, including articles about practice-based research in Minnesota and updates on all current projects.
  • Assistance in developing individual or group projects.
  • Opportunities to receive funding for project development.
  • Methodologic assistance in study design.
  • Review of your research proposals and papers by experienced researchers.

To become a member, please contact us.

Research Network Membership Levels

Bronze Level
Bronze Level members have indicated an interest in receiving educational material concerning research findings that may impact their practice, but are not able or willing to participate in research opportunities.

Silver Level
Silver Level members have indicated an interest in participating in Research Network studies but are not interested in involving their patients. This level of participation could include studies collecting non-identifiable information such as:

  • Demographics on patient populations;
  • Practice organization and/or clinical service delivery models;
  • Card studies - those studies investigating clinical decision-making process and/or use of treatment guidelines

The Silver Level designation would be awarded upon completion of Part 1 of the Primary Care Network Survey (PRINS-1).

Gold Level
Gold Level members have indicated an interest in participating in Research Network studies individually as well as enrolling their own patients. Members in this category, and any key staff involved in obtaining informed consent, would be required to certify that they have undergone Human Subjects Assurance Training. This level of participation could include studies collecting non-identifiable information, as described in the Silver Level membership, as well as:

  • Collecting surveys or questionnaires regarding individual or group characteristics or behavior;
  • Recruiting patients for studies that are of value to family physicians

The Gold Level designation would be awarded upon completion of Parts 1 & 2 of the Primary Care Network Survey (PRINS-1 & PRINS-2).

Platinum Level
Platinum Level membership will be awarded to a primary care clinic where all the currently practicing primary care providers are members of the Research Network, and are interested in enrolling their patients in studies. Members in this category, and any key staff involved in obtaining informed consent, would be required to certify that they have undergone Human Subjects Assurance Training. This level of participation could include studies collecting non-identifiable information, as described in the Silver Level membership, as well as:

  • Collecting surveys or questionnaires regarding individual or group characteristics or behavior;
  • Recruiting patients for studies that are of value to family physicians

The Platinum Level designation would be awarded upon completion of Parts 1 & 2 of the Primary Care Network Survey (PRINS-1 & PRINS-2) by all currently practicing primary care providers.

Contact

MAFP Research Network Administrative Office
600 South Highway 169, Suite 1680
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

(952) 542-0130
(800) 999-8198
lregehr@mafp.org

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