New Jersey Primary Care Research Network
History of the Network
Since 2001, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has been developing and operating the NJPCRN a practice-based research network of nearly 120 primary care practices, more than 300 physicians and approximately 750,000 patients. Participating practices are located in all 21 NJ counties in a variety of urban, suburban and semi-rural settings.
The network was initially developed in partnership with the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians and the Departments of Family Medicine at UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School and UMDNJ-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 re- searchers from Family Medicine and other departments at RWJMS and 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.
Current Research Initiatives
Reducing Health Disparities by Decreasing Weight Bias
Randomized Control Trial of Controlled Breathing Effects on Ambulatory BP
Biofeedback: Its Role in Asthma Therapeutics
Organizational Self-assessment to Improve Diabetes Care
Using Learning Teams for Reflective Adaptation (ULTRA)
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Obese Women
Translating Research into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD)
The Role of EMR's in Communicating about Medication Management
Supporting Colorectal Cancer Outcomes through Participatory Enhancements (SCOPE)
Title VII – Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care
Older Breast Cancer Survivors: How Health Beliefs Affect Their Decisions about Preventive Care and Treatment