Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network (OKPRN)
The Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network is one of the premiere regional primary care practice-based research networks in the United States. Its more than 250 member clinicians, representing 137 separate primary care practices, care for nearly 10% of the state’s citizens. The mission of OKPRN, since its inception has been “to improve the quality of primary health care services available to Oklahomans by developing and sharing resources and by conducting relevant practice-based research.”
Research conducted in the network has addressed common symptoms and health conditions (clinical research), administrative challenges encountered in primary care (process of care research), and ways to help primary care clinicians implement clinical practice guidelines, particularly in the area of preventive services (implementation research). This work has attracted more than $13 million dollars in funding from more than 30 different sources and has resulted in more than 75 peer-reviewed publications.
In its efforts to create a “learning community,” the network has established a variety of communication strategies including a listserv, a website, an annual network-wide meeting, four newsletters per year, and practice facilitation.
While most of the research and development activities of OKPRN are directed by researchers in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (DFPM) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City, the Board of Directors (BOD) includes primary care clinicians, academicians, and representatives of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, and the Oklahoma Primary Care Association.
Oklahoma Child Health Research Network (OCHRN)
Oklahoma Child Health Research Network (OCHRN) is a practice-based research network that seeks to improve the health of Oklahoma’s children using evidence-based best-practices and studying their implementation in clinic settings. OCHRN is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) registered network dedicated to exploring issues relevant to state-wide practices, generating and providing resources, and including network practices in the development of research. OCHRN is a collaborative effort of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, and the OU Medical Center.
OCHRN projects have included studies on topics such as vaccine decision making, parent-provider partnerships, referral communication and immunizations. Contributing to studies are pediatricians, primary care practitioners and specialist including the following: the Sooner Pediatrics clinic located in the new children’s clinic on the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC) campus, the Norman Pediatrics clinic, the Northwest Pediatrics clinic in Enid, and the Latino clinic which is a satellite clinic of the OUHSC campus. The specialty clinics are Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Cardiology, and Neurology. Currently OCHRN has practices in Oklahoma City, Enid, Norman, and Tulsa.