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New Jersey Primary Care Research Network

The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School operates the New Jersey Primary Care Research Network in urban, suburban, and semi-rural settings across New Jersey. 

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The network is is New Jersey’s only Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-recognized Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). It is one of the largest and most successful PBRNs in the U.S. The network is a collaborative partnership between primary care practices and a multidisciplinary team of researchers working to improve the quality of health care through the generation of research findings that can inform and influence primary care practice and public policy. The practice-based research network consists of nearly 120 primary care practices, more than 300 physicians, and approximately 750,000 patients.

A Research Powerhouse

Over 20-plus years since its establishment, the network has served as the “laboratory” for a series of observational and intervention studies including those funded by

  • the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,
  • National Cancer Institute,
  • National Heart Lung and Blood Institute,
  • and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

These studies have brought more than $30 million in total research funding, led to numerous research presentations and publications, and have influenced primary care practice across the country. In 2015, the network received an award from AHRQ as one of 173 PBRNs registered with the national AHRQ PBRN Resource Center. Since September 2012, Jeanne Ferrante, MD MPH has served as Director of the network. Currently, the network is also led by Project Director Ann M. Nguyen, PhD MPH.

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Network Objectives

The objectives of the NJPCRN are to:

  • Serve as a research laboratory for clinical trials and other studies testing the effectiveness of interventions to improve the quality of care and health outcomes in primary care settings.
  • Disseminate key research findings and data reports to primary care clinicians to help improve their practices.
  • Educate the public about primary care in New Jersey.

To meet these objectives, the NJPCRN will collaborate with medical and academic professionals to generate new primary care research ideas, and serve as a laboratory for conducting research on quality of care.

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The New Jersey Primary Care Research Network promotes primary care research opportunities that are likely to make a positive impact on how medicine is practiced and patient care is provided. Such studies have made important contributions to the fields of primary care practice improvement, health information technology usage, chronic illness care, preventive services delivery and cancer prevention and control.

    • Collaborate with medical and academic professionals to generate new research ideas that are of interest to primary care practices
    • Serve as a laboratory for conducting research on quality of care
    • Present findings at national primary care conferences and report findings in peer-reviewed publications
    • Consultation for conducting practice-based research
    • Practice recruitment, tracking, and management
    • Budget estimate to include in proposal
    • Facilitation of language translation services for consents, surveys, and interview guides
    • Facilitation of transcriptions for interviews and focus groups

    Do you have a research idea? We welcome all opportunities to collaborate.

    If you are a Community Physician, click here to tell us more about your idea.

    If you are a Researcher, click here to tell us more about your idea or project.

  • TELEhealth Shared decision-making Coaching for lung cancer screening in Primary care (TELESCOPE)
    Anita Kinney, PhD, Richard Hoffman, Robert Volk
    Funding Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R01HL158850

    Study Description: This randomized controlled trial will evaluate whether a telemedicine decision coaching and navigation intervention (TELESCOPE) delivered by nurse navigators compared to enhanced usual care (EUC) will improve the quality of patient decision making and increase adherence with lung cancer screening and diagnostic testing. It will also compare TELESCOPE vs. EUC in referrals for smoking cessation. 
    Funding Amount: $3,490,631
    Period: 2022-2027
    Contact Information: Arreum Kim

    Individualizing Treatment for Asthma in Primary Care (iTREAT)
    Wilson Pace, MD and David Mauger, PhD
    Rutgers subcontract PI: Lawrence Kleinman, MD, MPH
    Funding Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

    Study Description: This 4-arm study will compare the effectiveness of 2 different treatments, alone and in combination, versus control in the treatment of asthma. The treatments are inhaled corticosteroids (as part of maintenance and rescue therapy) and long-term (>6 months) azithromycin. Participants will come from primary care practices across the U.S.
    Funding Amount: $30,790,473; Rutgers subcontract: $1,353,801
    Period: 2023-2029
    Contact Information: Sandra Moroso-Fela

    Optimizing Colorectal Cancer Screening among Patients with Diabetes in Safety-Net Primary Care Settings: Targeting Implementation Approaches
    Denalee O’Malley, PhD
    Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, K99CA256043-01/R00

    Study Description: Patients with diabetes diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at high risk for excess morbidity and mortality and are disproportionately Non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic. Federally qualified health centers, who primarily serve priority populations, struggle to implement and sustain colorectal cancer screening. This study proposes to identify and overcome multi-level factors affecting optimal use of CRC preventive screening options for patients with elevated medical and social risks throughout the U.S.
    Funding Amount: $1,063,928
    Period: 2020-2025
    Contact Information: Cilgy Abraham

    Adapting and implementing evidence-based breast cancer follow-up
    Shawna Hudson, PhD & Benjamin Crabtree, PhD
    Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, R01CA257197

    Study Description: Using a blended implementation/primary care practice change conceptual framework, this project aims to: (1) engage diverse primary care stakeholders in identifying actionable, practice-based activities for provision of long-term breast cancer survivorship care in primary care using depth interviews; (2) prioritize, synthesize, and identify actionable activities for providing care to long-term cancer survivors in primary care by engaging key stakeholders using modified online Delphi methods and concept mapping; and (3) implement and evaluate actionable breast cancer survivorship symptom and risk management activities using a hybrid type 1 effectiveness-implementation cluster study design with waitlist control in 26 primary care practices.
    Funding Amount: $3,919,583
    Period: 2021-2026
    Contact Information: Alicja Bator

    PI: Reynold Panettieri, Jr, MD; contact PI: Shawna Hudson, PhD
    Funding Source: National Institute of Health, 3UL1TR003017-02S2
    Funding Amount: $5,000,000
    Period: 2020-2023

    Virtual Weight Loss Program for African-American Breast Cancer Survivors
    PI: Jeanne Ferrante, MD, MPH
    Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, R21CA191431
    Funding Amount: $380,408
    Period: 2015-2016

    Extended Cancer Education for Longer-Term Survivors In Primary Care
    PI: Shawna Hudson, PhD
    Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, R01CA176838
    Funding Amount: $3,694,599
    Period: 2013-2017

    Reducing Health Disparities by Decreasing Weight Bias In Community Healthcare Settings
    PI: Jeanne Ferrante, MD, MPH
    Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, R21CA165939
    Funding Amount: $375,218
    Period: 2013-2014

    Evaluation of Horizon Health Innovation's PCMH Program
    PI: Jeanne Ferrante, MD, MPH
    Funding Source: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
    Funding Amount: $382,252
    Period: 2011-2014

    Biofeedback: Its Role in Asthma Therapeutics
    PI: Paul Lehrer, PhD
    Funding Source: National Institute of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R01HL089495
    Funding Amount: $471,073
    Period: 2011-2013

    Cardiovascular Disease Care and EMR Use in Community-based Primary Care Practice
    PI: Deborah Cohen, PhD
    Funding Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R21HL092046
    Funding Amount: $234,000
    Period: 2009-2010

    Translating Research into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD)
    Healing Relationships Survey of Physicians
    PI: Jesse Crosson, PhD
    Funding Source: Center for Disease Control/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U58/CCU223529
    Funding Amount: $4,789,764
    Period: 2009-2010

    Life After Cancer: Examining Survivor Transitions from Specialist to Primary Care
    PI: Shawna Hudson, PhD
    Funding Source: National Cancer Institute, K01CA131500
    Funding Amount: $640,862
    Period: 2008-2013

    Organizational Self-assessment to Improve Diabetes Care in Primary Care Practices
    PI: Jesse Crosson, PhD
    Funding Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, R34DK075417
    Funding Amount: $468,000
    Period: 2008-2011

    Randomized Control Trial of Controlled Breathing Effects on Ambulatory Blood Pressure
    PI: Lynn P. Clemow, PhD
    Funding Source: National Institute of Health /National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R01HL083056
    Funding Amount: $3,736,389
    Period: 2007-2014

    Supporting Colorectal Cancer Outcomes through Participatory Enhancements (SCOPE)
    PI: Benjamin F. Crabtree, PhD
    Funding Source: National Institute of Health /National Cancer Institute, 1R01CA112387-01
    Funding Amount: $2,487,084
    Period: 2005-2012

    Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening in Obese Women
    PI: Jeanne Ferrante, MD, MPH
    Funding Source: National Institute of Health /National Institute of Health, K07CA101780
    Total Amount: $563,760
    Period: 2005-2009

    Trial to Enhance Adherence to Multiple Guidelines (ULTRA)
    PI: Benjamin Crabtree, PhD
    Funding Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, R01HL70800
    Funding Amount: $3,813,732
    Period: Date: 2002-2008

    1. Pellerano MB, Hill D, Jimenez ME, Gordon M, Macenat M, Ferrante JM, Rivera- Núñez Z, Devance D, Lima D, Sullivan B, Crabtree BF, Georgopoulos P, Barrett ES, Reed DJ, Pernell CT, Dawkins MR, Lynn B, Dixon F, Castañeda M, Garcia H, Blaser MJ, Panettieri RA, Hudson SV. Connect: Cultivating academiic/community partnerships to address our communities' complex needs during public health crises. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research Education and Action. Epub 2022 Aug 15.
    2. Rivera-Nunez Z, Jimenez ME, Crabtree BF, Hill D, Pellerano MB, Devance D, Macenat M, Lima D, Gordon M, Sullivan B, Rosati RJ, Ferrante JM, Barrett ES, Blaser MJ, Panettieri RA, Jr., Hudson SV. Experiences of Black and Latinx health care workers in support roles during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study. PLoS One. 2022;17(1):e0262606; PubMed PMID: 35041702; PMCID: PMC8765643
    3. Ferrante JM, Lulla A, Williamson JD, Devine KA, Ohman-Strickland P, Bandera EV. Patterns of Fitbit Use and Activity Levels Among African American Breast Cancer Survivors During an eHealth Weight Loss Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Health Promot. 2022;36(1):94-105; PubMed PMID: 34344171; PMCID: PMC8918046.
    4. Barrett ES, Andrews TR, Roy J, Greenberg P, Ferrante JM, Horton DB, Gordon M, Rivera-Nunez Z, Pellerano MB, Tallia AF, Budolfson M, Georgopoulos P, Reed D, Lynn B, Rosati R, Castaneda M, Dixon F, Pernell C, Hill D, Jimenez ME, Blaser MJ, Panettieri R, Jr., Hudson SV. Community- Versus Health Care Organization-Based Approaches to Expanding At-Home COVID-19 Testing in Black and Latino Communities, New Jersey, 2021. Am J Public Health. 2022;112(S9):S918-S922; PubMed PMID: 36265092; PMCID: PMC9707722.
    5. Jimenez ME, Rivera-Nunez Z, Crabtree BF, Hill D, Pellerano MB, Devance D, Macenat M, Lima D, Martinez Alcaraz E, Ferrante JM, Barrett ES, Blaser MJ, Panettieri RA, Jr., Hudson SV. Black and Latinx Community Perspectives on COVID-19 Mitigation Behaviors, Testing, and Vaccines. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(7):e2117074; PubMed PMID: 34264327; PMCID: PMC8283554.
    6. O'Malley DM, Davis SN, Devine KA, Sullivan B, Bator A, Clemow L, Ferrante JM, Findley PA, Miller SM, Hudson SV. Development and usability testing of the e-EXCELS tool to guide cancer survivorship follow-up care. Psychooncology. 2020;29(1):123-131; PubMed PMID: 31626397; PMCID: PMC7279518.
    7. Ferrante JM, Devine KA, Bator A, Rodgers A, Ohman-Strickland PA, Bandera EV, Hwang KO. Feasibility and potential efficacy of commercial mHealth/eHealth tools for weight loss in African American breast cancer survivors: pilot randomized controlled trial. Transl Behav 2020;10(4):938-948; PubMed PMID: 30535101; PMCID: PMC7543085.
    8. Davis SN, O'Malley DM, Bator A, Ohman-Strickland P, Clemow L, Ferrante JM, Crabtree BF, Miller SM, Findley P, Hudson SV. Rationale and design of extended cancer education for longer term survivors (EXCELS): a randomized control trial of 'high touch' vs. 'high tech' cancer survivorship self-management tools in primary care. BMC Cancer. 2019;19(1):340; PubMed PMID: 30971205; PMCID: PMC6458696.
    9. Lehrer PM, Irvin CG, Lu SE, Scardella A, Roehmheld-Hamm B, Aviles-Velez M, Graves J, Vaschillo EG, Vaschillo B, Hoyte F, Nelson H, Wamboldt FS. Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Does Not Substitute for Asthma Steroid Controller Medication. Appl Psychophysiol 2018;43(1):57-73; PubMed PMID: 29124506; PMCID: PMC5871536.
    10. Ferrante JM, Shaw EK, Bayly JE, Howard J, Quest MN, Clark EC, Pascal C. Barriers and Facilitators to Expanding Roles of Medical Assistants in Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs). J Am Board Fam Med. 2018;31(2):226-235; PubMed PMID: 29535239.
    11. Fam E, Ferrante JM. Lessons Learned Recruiting Minority Participants for Research in Urban Community Health Centers. J Natl Med Assoc. 2018;110(1):44-52; PubMed PMID: 29510843; PMCID: PMC5844362.
    12. O'Malley D, Dewan AA, Ohman-Strickland PA, Gundersen DA, Miller SM, Hudson SV. Determinants of patient activation in a community sample of breast and prostate cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2018;27(1):132-140; PubMed PMID: 28133892; PMCID: PMC5568503.
    13. Christian AH, O'Malley D, Barac A, Miller SM, Hudson SV. Cardiovascular risk and communication among early stage breast cancer survivors. Patient Educ Couns. 2017;100(7):1360-1366; PubMed PMID: 28215826; PMCID: PMC5568653.
    14. Clark EC, Howard J, Ferrante J, Heath C, Li K, Albin S, Hudson SV. Optimizing the Care Coordinator Role in Primary Care: A Qualitative Case Study. Qual Manag Health Care. 2017;26(2):83-90; PubMed PMID: 28375954.
    15. Hudson SV, Ohman-Strickland PA, Bator A, O'Malley D, Gundersen D, Lee HS, Crabtree BF, Miller SM. Breast and prostate cancer survivors' experiences of patient-centered cancer follow-up care from primary care physicians and oncologists. J Cancer Surviv. 2016;10(5):906-914; PubMed PMID: 27034260; PMCID: PMC5065009.
    16. Ferrante JM, Seaman K, Bator A, Ohman-Strickland P, Gundersen D, Clemow L, Puhl R. Impact of Perceived Weight Stigma among Underserved Women on Doctor-Patient Relationships. Obes Sci Pract. 2016;2(2):128-135; PubMed PMID: 27293804; PMCID: PMC4902272.
    17. O'Malley DM, Hudson SV, Ohman-Strickland PA, Bator A, Lee HS, Gundersen DA, Miller SM. Follow-up Care Education and Information: Identifying cancer survivors in need of more guidance. J Cancer Educ. 2016;31(1):63-69; PubMed PMID: 25524391; PMCID: PMC4475492.
    18. Christian A, Hudson SV, Miller SM, Bator A, Ohman-Strickland PA, Somer RA, Ferrante J. Perceptions of Primary Care Among Breast Cancer Survivors: The Effects of Weight Status. Health Serv Res Manag Epidemiol. 2015;2; PubMed PMID: 26120589; PMCID: PMC4480862.
    19. Hudson SV, O'Malley DM, Miller SM. Achieving optimal delivery of follow-up care for prostate cancer survivors: improving patient outcomes. Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2015;6:75-90; PubMed PMID: 25834471; PMCID: PMC4372007.
    20. Friedman A, Crosson JC, Howard J, Clark EC, Pellerano M, Karsh BT, Crabtree B, Jaen CR, Cohen DJ. A typology of electronic health record workarounds in small-to-medium size primary care practices. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014;21(e1):e78-83; PubMed PMID: 23904322; PMCID: PMC3957384.
    21. Asao K, McEwen LN, Crosson JC, Waitzfelder B, Herman WH. Revisit frequency and its association with quality of care among diabetic patients: Translating Research Into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD). J Diabetes Complications. 2014;28(6):811-818; PubMed PMID: 25044233; PMCID: PMC4252480.
    22. Shaw EK, Ohman-Strickland PA, Piasecki A, Hudson SV, Ferrante JM, McDaniel RR, Jr., Nutting PA, Crabtree BF. Effects of facilitated team meetings and learning collaboratives on colorectal cancer screening rates in primary care practices: a cluster randomized trial. Ann Fam Med. 2013;11(3):220-228, S221-228; PubMed PMID: 23690321; PMCID: PMC3659138.
    23. Howard J, Clark EC, Friedman A, Crosson JC, Pellerano M, Crabtree BF, Karsh BT, Jaen CR, Bell DS, Cohen DJ. Electronic health record impact on work burden in small, unaffiliated, community-based primary care practices. J Gen Intern Med. 2013;28(1):107-113; PubMed PMID: 22926633; PMCID: PMC3539023.
    24. Chugh M, Friedman AM, Clemow LP, Ferrante JM. Women weigh in: obese African American and White women's perspectives on physicians' roles in weight management. J Am Board Fam Med. 2013;26(4):421-428; PubMed PMID: 23833157; PMCID: PMC3791510.
    25. Shaw EK, Howard J, Etz RS, Hudson SV, Crabtree BF. How team-based reflection affects quality improvement implementation: a qualitative study. Qual Manag Health Care. 2012;21(2):104-113; PubMed PMID: 22453821; PMCID: PMC3395586.
    26. Shaw EK, Chase SM, Howard J, Nutting PA, Crabtree BF. More black box to explore: how quality improvement collaboratives shape practice change. J Am Board Fam Med. 2012;25(2):149-157; PubMed PMID: 22403195; PMCID: PMC3362133.
    27. Ratanawongsa N, Crosson JC, Schillinger D, Karter AJ, Saha CK, Marrero DG. Getting under the skin of clinical inertia in insulin initiation: the Translating Research Into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD) Insulin Starts Project. Diabetes Educ. 2012;38(1):94-100; PubMed PMID: 22222513; PMCID: PMC3557962.
    28. McEwen LN, Karter AJ, Waitzfelder BE, Crosson JC, Marrero DG, Mangione CM, Herman WH. Predictors of mortality over 8 years in type 2 diabetic patients: Translating Research Into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD). Diabetes Care. 2012;35(6):1301-1309; PubMed PMID: 22432119; PMCID: PMC3357242.
    29. Lu SE, Beckles GL, Crosson JC, Bilik D, Karter AJ, Gerzoff RB, Lin Y, Ross SV, McEwen LN, Waitzfelder BE, Marrero D, Lasser N, Brown AF. Evaluation of risk equations for prediction of short-term coronary heart disease events in patients with long-standing type 2 diabetes: the Translating Research into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD) study. BMC Endocr Disord. 2012;12:12; PubMed PMID: 22776317; PMCID: PMC3433369.
    30. Hudson SV, Ferrante JM, Ohman-Strickland P, Hahn KA, Shaw EK, Hemler J, Crabtree BF. Physician recommendation and patient adherence for colorectal cancer screening. J Am Board Fam Med. 2012;25(6):782-791; PubMed PMID: 23136316; PMCID: PMC3587147.
    31. Howard J, Shaw EK, Felsen CB, Crabtree BF. Physicians as inclusive leaders: insights from a participatory quality improvement intervention. Qual Manag Health Care. 2012;21(3):135-145; PubMed PMID: 22722520.
    32. Hudson SV, Miller SM, Hemler J, McClinton A, Oeffinger KC, Tallia A, Crabtree BF. Cancer Survivors and the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Transl Behav Med. 2012;2(3):322-331; PubMed PMID: 23606921; PMCID: PMC3628767.
    33. Friedman AM, Hemler JR, Rossetti E, Clemow LP, Ferrante JM. Obese women's barriers to mammography and pap smear: the possible role of personality. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012;20(8):1611-1617; PubMed PMID: 22370590; PMCID: PMC3378788.
    34. Hudson SV, Miller SM, Hemler J, Ferrante JM, Lyle J, Oeffinger KC, Dipaola RS. Adult cancer survivors discuss follow-up in primary care: 'Not what I want, but maybe what I need'. Ann Fam Med. 2012;10(5):418-427; PubMed PMID: 22966105; PMCID: PMC3438209.
    35. Crosson JC, Ohman-Strickland PA, Cohen DJ, Clark EC, Crabtree BF. Typical electronic health record use in primary care practices and the quality of diabetes care. Ann Fam Med. 2012;10(3):221-227; PubMed PMID: 22585886; PMCID: PMC3354971.
    36. McEwen LN, Karter AJ, Curb JD, Marrero DG, Crosson JC, Herman WH. Temporal trends in recording of diabetes on death certificates: results from Translating Research Into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD). Diabetes Care. 2011;34(7):1529-1533; PubMed PMID: 21709292; PMCID: PMC3120163.
    37. Howard J, Shaw EK, Clark E, Crabtree BF. Up close and (inter)personal: insights from a primary care practice's efforts to improve office relationships over time, 2003-2009. Qual Manag Health Care. 2011;20(1):49-61; PubMed PMID: 21192207; PMCID: PMC3058489.
    38. Hahn KA, Ohman-Strickland PA, Cohen DJ, Piasecki AK, Crosson JC, Clark EC, Crabtree BF. Electronic medical records are not associated with improved documentation in community primary care practices. Am J Med Qual. 2011;26(4):272-277; PubMed PMID: 21266596; PMCID: PMC3137715.
    39. Felsen CB, Piasecki A, Ferrante JM, Ohman-Strickland PA, Crabtree BF. Colorectal cancer screening among primary care patients: does risk affect screening behavior? J Community Health. 2011;36(4):605-611; PubMed PMID: 21203806; PMCID: PMC3140047.
    40. Chase SM, Miller WL, Shaw E, Looney A, Crabtree BF. Meeting the challenge of practice quality improvement: a study of seven family medicine residency training practices. Acad 2011;86(12):1583-1589; PubMed PMID: 22030767; PMCID: PMC3228870.
    41. Strickland PA, Hudson SV, Piasecki A, Hahn K, Cohen D, Orzano AJ, Parchman ML, Crabtree BF. Features of the Chronic Care Model (CCM) associated with behavioral counseling and diabetes care in community primary care. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010;23(3):295-305; PubMed PMID: 20453175; PMCID: PMC2924566.
    42. Shaw E, Looney A, Chase S, Navalekar R, Stello B, Lontok O, Crabtree B. 'In the Moment': An Analysis of Facilitator Impact During a Quality Improvement Process. Group Facil. 2010;10:4-16; PubMed PMID: 22557936; PMCID: PMC3340924.
    43. Hade EM, Murray DM, Pennell ML, Rhoda D, Paskett ED, Champion VL, Crabtree BF, Dietrich A, Dignan MB, Farmer M, Fenton JJ, Flocke S, Hiatt RA, Hudson SV, Mitchell M, Monahan P, Shariff-Marco S, Slone SL, Stange K, Stewart SL, Strickland PA. Intraclass correlation estimates for cancer screening outcomes: estimates and applications in the design of group-randomized cancer screening studies. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2010;2010(40):97-103; PubMed PMID: 20386058; PMCID: PMC2924625.
    44. Ferrante JM, Fyffe DC, Vega ML, Piasecki AK, Ohman-Strickland PA, Crabtree BF. Family physicians' barriers to cancer screening in extremely obese patients. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010;18(6):1153-1159; PubMed PMID: 20019676; PMCID: PMC2953250.
    45. Ferrante JM, Cohen DJ, Crosson JC. Translating the patient navigator approach to meet the needs of primary care. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010;23(6):736-744; PubMed PMID: 21057069.
    46. Ferrante JM, Balasubramanian BA, Hudson SV, Crabtree BF. Principles of the patient-centered medical home and preventive services delivery. Ann Fam Med. 2010;8(2):108-116; PubMed PMID: 20212297; PMCID: PMC2834717.
    47. Felsen CB, Shaw EK, Ferrante JM, Lacroix LJ, Crabtree BF. Strategies for in-person recruitment: lessons learned from a New Jersey primary care research network (NJPCRN) study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010;23(4):523-533; PubMed PMID: 20616295; PMCID: PMC2940109.
    48. Crosson JC, Heisler M, Subramanian U, Swain B, Davis GJ, Lasser N, Ross S, Schmittdiel JA, Onyemere K, Tseng CW. Physicians' perceptions of barriers to cardiovascular disease risk factor control among patients with diabetes: results from the translating research into action for diabetes (TRIAD) study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010;23(2):171-178; PubMed PMID: 20207927.
    49. Chase SM, Nutting PA, Crabtree BF. How to solve problems in your practice with a new meeting approach. Fam Pract 2010;17(2):31-34; PubMed PMID: 20222635; PMCID: PMC2925309.
    50. Bilik D, McEwen LN, Brown MB, Selby JV, Karter AJ, Marrero DG, Hsiao VC, Tseng CW, Mangione CM, Lasser NL, Crosson JC, Herman WH. Thiazolidinediones, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular mortality: translating research into action for diabetes (TRIAD). Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2010;19(7):715-721; PubMed PMID: 20583206; PMCID: PMC3548906.
    51. Balasubramanian BA, Chase SM, Nutting PA, Cohen DJ, Strickland PA, Crosson JC, Miller WL, Crabtree BF, Team US. Using Learning Teams for Reflective Adaptation (ULTRA): insights from a team-based change management strategy in primary care. Ann Fam Med. 2010;8(5):425-432; PubMed PMID: 20843884; PMCID: PMC2939418.
    52. McEwen LN, Bilik D, Johnson SL, Halter JB, Karter AJ, Mangione CM, Subramanian U, Waitzfelder B, Crosson JC, Herman WH. Predictors and impact of intensification of antihyperglycemic therapy in type 2 diabetes: translating research into action for diabetes (TRIAD). Diabetes Care. 2009;32(6):971-976; PubMed PMID: 19228862; PMCID: PMC2681018.
    53. Lanham HJ, McDaniel RR, Jr., Crabtree BF, Miller WL, Stange KC, Tallia AF, Nutting P. How improving practice relationships among clinicians and nonclinicians can improve quality in primary care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009;35(9):457-466; PubMed PMID: 19769206; PMCID: PMC2928073.
    54. Jordan ME, Lanham HJ, Crabtree BF, Nutting PA, Miller WL, Stange KC, McDaniel RR, Jr. The role of conversation in health care interventions: enabling sensemaking and learning. Implement Sci. 2009;4:15; PubMed PMID: 19284660; PMCID: PMC2663543.
    55. Hudson SV, Ohman-Strickland P, Ferrante JM, Lu-Yao G, Orzano AJ, Crabtree BF. Prostate-specific antigen testing among the elderly in community-based family medicine practices. J Am Board Fam Med. 2009;22(3):257-265; PubMed PMID: 19429731; PMCID: PMC2756417.
    56. Hudson SV, Hahn KA, Ohman-Strickland P, Cunningham RS, Miller SM, Crabtree BF. Breast, colorectal and prostate cancer screening for cancer survivors and non-cancer patients in community practices. J Gen Intern Med. 2009;24 Suppl 2:S487-490; PubMed PMID: 19838855; PMCID: PMC2763158.
    57. Heisler M, Tierney E, Ackermann RT, Tseng C, Narayan KM, Crosson J, Waitzfelder B, Safford MM, Duru K, Herman WH, Kim C. Physicians' participatory decision-making and quality of diabetes care processes and outcomes: results from the triad study. Chronic Illn. 2009;5(3):165-176; PubMed PMID: 19675116; PMCID: PMC3782289.
    58. Ferrante JM, Piasecki AK, Ohman-Strickland PA, Crabtree BF. Family physicians' practices and attitudes regarding care of extremely obese patients. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009;17(9):1710-1716; PubMed PMID: 19282824; PMCID: PMC2953252.
    59. Crosson JC, Ohman-Strickland PA, Campbell S, Phillips RL, Roland MO, Kontopantelis E, Bazemore A, Balasubramanian B, Crabtree BF. A comparison of chronic illness care quality in US and UK family medicine practices prior to pay-for-performance initiatives. Fam Pract. 2009;26(6):510-516; PubMed PMID: 19748914; PMCID: PMC2791043.
    60. Fyffe DC, Hudson SV, Fagan JK, Brown DR. Knowledge and barriers related to prostate and colorectal cancer prevention in underserved black men. J Natl Med Assoc. 2008;100(10):1161-1167; PubMed PMID: 18942277.
    61. Scott JG, Cohen D, Dicicco-Bloom B, Miller WL, Stange KC, Crabtree BF. Understanding healing relationships in primary care. Ann Fam Med. 2008;6(4):315-322; PubMed PMID: 18626031; PMCID: PMC2478496.
    62. Orzano AJ, McInerney CR, Tallia AF, Scharf D, Crabtree BF. Family medicine practice performance and knowledge management. Health Care Manage Rev. 2008;33(1):21-28; PubMed PMID: 18091441.
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    64. Hahn KA, Ferrante JM, Crosson JC, Hudson SV, Crabtree BF. Diabetes flow sheet use associated with guideline adherence. Ann Fam Med. 2008;6(3):235-238; PubMed PMID: 18474886; PMCID: PMC2384979.
    65. Ferrante JM, Ohman-Strickland P, Hahn KA, Hudson SV, Shaw EK, Crosson JC, Crabtree BF. Self-report versus medical records for assessing cancer-preventive services delivery. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008;17(11):2987-2994; PubMed PMID: 18990740; PMCID: PMC2962564.
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A map of New Jersey locating the practice locations of the New Jersey Primary Care Research Network in all 21 counties


Are you interested in helping to generate meaningful new knowledge that is applicable to your practice? Join us in embracing research as a core value of primary care by becoming a member. The criteria for membership are you 1) work in a primary care practice and 2) have a desire to improve the quality of care you provide.  There are no fees or cost to join!

Member Benefits

  • Ability to shape and participate in research that is relevant to you and your practice
  • Collaboration with like-minded clinicians and researchers who understand the demands of primary care
  • Incentive payments for participating in studies that interest you
  • Opportunity to become a volunteer faculty member at Rutgers University, with access to university resources
  • Discovery of new ways to implement practice improvement in order to improve New Jersey population health

Member Expectations

  • Receive emails from the network regarding research projects.
  • Participate in research studies of interest to you.

*Note: participation in research studies is voluntary.

  • Complete an annual survey from the network to update your practice information.

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Contact Us

Jeanne Ferrante, MD, MPH
Director and Professor
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Phone: 848-932-0211
Fax: 732-932-1451

Ann M. Nguyen, PhD, MPH
Project Director
Assistant Research Professor
Center for State Health Policy
Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Phone: 848-932-4666