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New Jersey Primary Care Research Network

New Jersey Primary Care Research Network (NJPCRN)

History of the Network

Since 2001, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has been operating the NJPCRN, an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recognized practice-based research network of nearly 120 primary care practices, more than 300 physicians and approximately 750,000 patients. Participating practices are located throughout New Jersey in a variety of urban, suburban and semi-rural settings.

The network was initially developed by Department of Family Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in partnership with the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians and two other Departments of Family Medicine, the Departments of Family Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School (now Rutgers New Jersey Medical School) and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan University, New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine) and led by Benjamin Crabtree, Ph.D. from 2004 to 2011.  The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) first provided infrastructure funding for the development of the network as a shared resource of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Over 10-plus years since its establishment, the network has served as the “laboratory” for a series of observational and intervention studies led by researchers from Family Medicine and other departments at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) as well as investigators from CINJ. These studies have brought more than $10 million in total research funding, led to numerous research presentations and publications, and have influenced primary care practice across the country.

In September 2012, Jeanne Ferrante, MD, MPH was named the new Director of NJPCRN. The Medical Director of NJPCRN is Elizabeth Clark, MD, MPH. The Network Manager is Toya Simmons, MPH, CHES.


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