Recognizing and Nurturing Collaborative Skills in a Practice-Based Research Network

Lyndee Knox, University of Southern California
Carmela Lomonaco, University of Southern California

ABSTRACT
In 2000, the USC Department of Family Medicine formed the first Practice Based Research Network (LA Net) focused primarily on the reduction of health care disparities in Los Angeles. Practice based research networks are comprised of primary care practices. Networks are committed to researching and investigating community-based, patient population specific issues in primary care. Clinicians and staff have the familiarity and expertise to identify pertinent areas of research that can produce effective and immediate interventions in the care of their patients. Thus, research is practice-driven, instead of researcher-driven. Successful and relevant research within networks hinge on recognizing the unique challenges for collaboration across practice sites. Along with the challenges facing networks, the ability to nurture the appropriate skills in members of the network and the utilization of various techniques for successful collaboration will be presented using examples from the studies conducted within LA Net (incuding youth violence prevention strategies.

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