Table 3.

Lessons Learned for PBRN Research

  • Ensure adequate time for IRB approval.

  • Take advantage of the established organizational structure within each site.

  • Make friends with the office personnel. They control access to the physicians.

  • Distinguish the research team from pharmaceutical representatives.

  • Establish a preferred method of contact with each physician.

  • Set deadlines for study completion.

  • Provide information and materials in multiple technological formats to account for individual preferences.

  • PBRN, practice-based research network; IRB, institutional review board.