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OKPRN Accomplishments (as of December 2021)

  • Established in 1994. One of the most experienced and successful primary care practice-based research networks in the world. Includes over 270 family physicians, general internists, pediatricians, obstetricians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants from communities throughout Oklahoma.

  • Working relationships established through boards, committees, and contracts with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Oklahoma State Medical Association, and the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians.

  • More than $25 million in external research funding has been attracted from 21 different funding sources.

  • Over 90 research projects completed and 100 papers published in peer-reviewed journals since 1994.

  • Largest published series of brown recluse spider bites in the medical literature.

  • Largest published study of night sweats in the medical literature.

  • More than 150 presentations of research findings and PBRN methods at national and international conferences.

  • Introduction of Practice Facilitators (PFs) to U.S. practice-based research networks (PBRNs).

  • Introduction of the best practices research method to PBRNs.

  • More than 10,000 hours of time contributed by full-time primary care clinicians to improving primary health care services for Oklahomans. This represents over half million dollars of clinician “in-kind” contributions to this effort.

  • More than 20,000 hours of quality improvement support provided to practices in Oklahoma.

  • One of the first PBRNs to become an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

  • Continuous representation on the Steering Committee of the Federation of Practice-Based Research Networks. Member, International Federation of Practice-Based Research Networks.

  • One of 29 clinical practice networks and one of 4 primary care PBRNs included in the NIH IECRN Best Practice study conducted in 2006 by the Westat Corporation.

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