Practice-based research networks: nursing centers and communities working collaboratively to reduce health disparities

Nurs Clin North Am. 2005 Dec;40(4):747-58, xi-xii. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2005.08.009.


Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) can provide a range of opportunities for nurses working in primary care settings. This article reports on the early experiences of the Midwest Nursing Centers Consortium Research Network (MNCCRN), one of only two nursing PBRNs in the nation. Findings from the MNCCRN's first research study, Wellness for a Lifetime, indicate success with implementing research across geographically distant sites, and positive client outcomes related to improving nutrition and physical activity. Lessons learned in establishing a PBRN and implementing research studies in the real world are described as well as challenges for the future.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Centers / organization & administration*
  • Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Midwestern United States
  • Nurse Practitioners / organization & administration*
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration
  • United States
  • Vulnerable Populations