Appendix Table 2.

Identical PBRN Missions, Purposes, Goals/Focuses, Objectives, Aims, and Relevant Quotations

“to explore the morbidity pattern in the Dutch population as far as it could be diagnosed in GP care, to signal diseases as well as shifts in disease patterns.” (Schweikardt et al 2016)
“to meet the need for a community based research ‘laboratory’ for child health research focused on issues central to the delivery of preventive pediatric care and across the spectrum of health and illness.” (LeBailly et al 2003)
“to facilitate practice-based research partnerships between academic researchers and community based clinical teams that can lead to improved primary care clinical outcomes.” (Jame et al 2015)
“to improve the health of children and enhance primary care practice by conducting national collaborative practice-based research.” (Slora et al 2006)
“to conduct and disseminate practice-based research that results in new knowledge and improves the health of patients in South Texas.” (Hayes et al 2011)
“to conduct practice-based research designed to improve health care in the United States.” (Ornstein and Jenkins 1997)
“to inform and influence decisions along the continuum of service to patients, from research to practice and policy.” (, accessed November 8, 2019)
“to conduct and facilitate practice-based research relevant to APRN primary care practice, develop culturally competent, evidence-based practice models for APRNs, and enhance the translation of research findings into primary care practice.” (Deshefy-Longhi et al 2002)
“to improve the quality and safety of health care in primary care settings by identifying and solving problems commonly encountered in practice.” (Kuo et al 2008)
“to generate new knowledge about basic pediatric issues of prevention and medical effectiveness—knowledge that can have a significant impact on the health of children.” (Del Torso et al 2010)
“Its mission is to support primary care research and education in order to improve the quality of care delivered to patients in the community in the West of Ireland.” (Kavanagh et al 2010)
“Its purpose is the international study of problems and concerns presented at the level of the primary care to improve the understanding, organization, and implementation of appropriate health care for people throughout the world.” (Culpepper and Froom 1988)
“for the purpose of facilitating research on chronic disease and related health care problems commonly addressed in primary care settings.” (Sloane et al 2006)
“to demonstrate the impact of nursing centers on the health of communities; foster understanding, recognition, and use of nursing centers for essential primary health care; provide a forum for communication and collaboration among consortium members; and support the growth of nursing centers nationally.” (Anderko et al 2005)
“to offer a managed approach to hosting high quality research in the health service and to assuring recruitment and retention of study participants.” (Sullivan et al 2007)
“to improve the health and health care of underserved, low-income, multiethnic populations of the South-west.” (Sinclair-Lian et al 2008)
“to participate in clinical research for the benefit of their patients and to enhance the discipline of general practice through research training and activity.” (IPCRN, accessed May 17, 2017)
“to study problems as they present in the primary care setting and to increase the knowledge base regarding how modern primary care medicine is practiced.” (Iverson et al 1988)
“offers epidemiological information to the health service and the possibility of scientific research by the university departments.” (Middelkoop et al 1995)
“To screen and facilitate the increasing number of researcher requests for Academy support in approaching family physicians about participation in their projects. To encourage and support individual or group research projects by its members. To train members in research methodology. To develop and coordinate research support resources for members.” (Solberg et al 1986)
“The main goal of the Transition Project is the analysis of the content of family practice in great clinical detail, for epidemiological purposes and to support quality assessment, health care policy, medical education and research.” (Okkes et al 2001)
“Focusing on research strategies for integrating epidemiological research, community-based primary care research and outcomes assessment in practices serving the medically underserved…To involve larger numbers of clinicians at health centers in community-based research.” (Sardell 1996)
“In our network the focus is on an intensive contact monitoring of patient diagnoses.” (Hak et al 1998)
“The SPAM network, with its focus on processes of care in PC and national representation, should be complementary to other efforts.” (Selby et al 2015)
“WH-PBRN specializes in multisite women's health research and recruitment of women to multisite, practice-based research studies.” (Frayne et al 2013)
“The chief goal of the Registration Network Family Practices is to establish a computerized database containing certain patient characteristics and all relevant health problems excluding minor, temporary illnesses.” (Metsemakers et al 1996)
“Investing in people. Recognizing that meaningful change is effected by motivated individuals and not systems alone. Creating an environment in which research is seen as a positive attribute and a necessity for the development of the profession.Preparing a structured support system for fostering research. Developing an education and career structure for practice-based researchers, including attachments and appointments, and help towards higher degrees and diplomas. Being part of an integrated drive towards research and development and to ensure representation for primary care researchers at policy making and resource allocation level.” (Carter 1998, p. 77)
“The overall CORNET research goals are to study the health care of minority and underserved children, to examine health care disparities, and to study resident education, with comparisons of physician behaviors between pediatric residents and pediatricians in practice.” (Serwint et al 2006)
“The overall goals of TARGet Kids! are:
1. to establish a ‘proof-of concept’ community-based primary care research network;
2. to learn from the ‘proof-of-concept’ experience and to scale up to a provincially-based network with sentinel sites to ensure representativeness;
3. to build partnerships between child health researchers, community-based practitioners and public health researchers and practitioners;
4. to build a platform to advance evidence for community-based prevention and health promotion;
5. to build a platform to advance population-level child health surveillance.” (Carsley et al 2015)
“Create a trusted, valued multi-state community of safety net stakeholders and researchers to lead and participate in a learning community to address evidence-gaps relevant to the safety net populations—with special emphasis upon those populations served by Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP”). (Sills 2015)
“The goals of CHARN are to:
• Foster practice-based collaboration among personnel, practitioners, and researchers at various clinics and centers;
• Create infrastructure for pooling patient data across different sites;
• Train CHC personnel in research methods and protocols;
• Develop and conduct study protocols;
• Expand the research agenda via additional funding; and
• Develop improved approaches for transferring research findings into practice.” (Likumahuva et al 2013)
“Goals of building GP research in the community. Develop professional development opportunities for GP supervisors and GP registrars. Goals of improving GP clinical academic's professional development.” (Dijkmans-Hadley et al 2015)
“Its goal is to promote the translation of research findings into policy and practice.” (Duggan et al 2013)

“To improve on knowledge of infectious diseases gained from the national notification system. The difference between notification and true incidence has been emphasized; To estimate the importance of other infectious diseases in general practice; To inquire into the field of health problems observed in general practice.” (Lobet et al 1987)
“The Primary Care Cooperative Information Project consists of a network of 44 free-standing primary care practices that are working with medical school faculty to (1) establish a professional environment that can help, attract, retain, and educate primary care physicians in a rural area, (2) develop practice based quality assurance systems, (3) improve management efficiency and heighten clinical cost consciousness in the daily practice of medicine, and (4) build a better system for continuing education based on practice self-study and cross-practice research.” (Nelson et al 1981, Part 1)
“Its objectives are to (1) develop a national home visiting research agenda, (2) advance the use of innovative research methods, and (3) provide a research environment that is supportive of the professional development of emerging researchers interested in home visiting.” “An overarching goal is to promote the translation of research into policy and practice.” (Duggan et al 2013)
“Support community physicians research. Support research interests of family physicians. Conduct collaborative research among family physicians. Train physicians in research methods. Provide access to community practices for (academic) investigators.” (van Weel et al 2000)
“to develop an epidemiological database for diseases to a central unit for Northern Ireland of morbidity within the community as presented to general practitioners. To support epidemiological research in general practice.” (Boydell et al 1995)
“The objectives of the network are: (i) to monitor trends in acute and chronic illness seen in primary care; (ii) to investigate the role of psychosocial factors in illness and disease; (iii) to examine aspects of medical practice, eg, the use of drugs, tests and procedures; (iv) to promote cost-effective management of medical problems in the community; and (v) to establish a databank for undergraduate and postgraduate training of primary care providers.” (Volmik et al 1996)
“The objectives are to co-ordinate research projects in general practice, to assist legitimate organizations and individuals undertaking research projects, to facilitate appropriate feasible and high-quality research being undertaken in practices, and to develop the skills and confidence of practices undertaking such research.” (Frew et al 2001).
“1. Develop an infrastructure for CPCSSN that will underpin the operations of a robust,longitudinal data collection and maintenance of a primary care data repository on chronic disease.
2. Demonstrate the ability to extract relevant data from multiple EMRs in multiple primary care practice sites.
3. Create a usable CPCSSN database that will be a searchable data repository for primary care researchers and will be the basis for reports for government and others about chronic disease in Canada.” (Birtwhistle et al 2009)
“to share data extracted from health information systems to facilitate professional collegiality and coordination of health services, quality monitoring and research and development to improve health documentation, patient care and health outcomes in an integrated health neighborhood.” (Electronic Practice Based Research Network, accessed January 7, 2020)
“Establish and maintain a broad, safety-net focused, research partnership and learning community to govern relationships, establish priorities, provide data quality oversight, and evaluate the purpose and value of the community's effort.” (Sills 2015)
“We aimed to develop a practical, ethical, long-term means of undertaking research in general practice by adjusting research methods to the everyday procedures of general practice teams, rather than asking doctors and nurses to change the way they recorded care in order to accommodate research requirements.” (Dovey and Tilyard 1996)
“Its aim has always been to provide an efficient and effective support network for all interested healthcare researchers in what are now the three North Cumbria PCT's; Carlisle & District PCT, Eden Valley PCT and West Cumbria PCT.” (Robertson et al 2005)
“The aim of the network is to promote a research and development culture through primary care in order to secure high quality, evidence-based, clinical care.” (Smith and Dunleavey 1996)
“The network aims to operate as a complex adaptive learning system (a whole system approach) by resolving a number of seeming paradoxes: There is a need for simultaneous ‘top down’, ‘bottom up’ and ‘coalition’ led research…The ‘whole system’ is big but resources permit only a small number of people to be involved at any one time…There is a need to harness individual enthusiasm but multidisciplinary working, quality and equity also need to be assured…Research needs to be focused and rigorous but reflective inquiring practice is a goal for all involved in primary care development.” (Thomas and While 2001)
“The overall aim of research networks is to support and promote high quality research aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of services offered by the NHS as well as securing lasting improvements to health nationally and internationally.” (Sullivan et al 2014)
“Known as ASPIRE or ‘A Singhealth Polyclinics Initiative for Research Excellence’, the committee aims to develop a comprehensive research program consistent with the vision and mission of the Singhealth network and to cultivate research culture in the polyclinics.” (Chuan and Gan 2001)
“The aims of the PCRN were: 1) To develop a culture of research in primary care in South West Scotland. 2) To provide research training. 3) To provide support for researchers in primary care. 4) To develop and conduct non-commercial research which would inform the provision of primary care.” (Hannay 2006)
“The major aim of the work of the MNCCRN is to discover new knowledge that will inform primary care practice, health professional education, and health care policy.” (Anderko et al 2006)
“One of the main aims of GRACE was to establish a multi-disciplinary network of research to address a complex problem and to establish an enduring European-wide primary care research network for future research.” (Nuttall et al 2011)
“To spur the development of important and high-quality primary care research that is relevant to clinical practice. To influence primary care policy making through its research.” (Soos et al 2010).
“Our aim is to improve the evidence for population health and primary prevention using a research platform embedded in primary care practice.” (Carsley et al 2015)
“The ongoing FIRE project (Family Medicine ICPC-Research using Electronic Medical Record) aims to embed standardized collection of research data by means of an EPR into routine clinical practice.” (Chmiel et al 2011)
“The aims of the Tutka network include developing research activity and capacity by learning, by researching together, by creating important research questions from the point of view of primary care health care professionals, by involving health centers in data collection, and by linking to external research projects.” (Tuomas Koskela 2017)
  • GP, general practitioner.