Role of practice-based research networks in comparative effectiveness research

J Comp Eff Res. 2012 Jan;1(1):45-55. doi: 10.2217/cer.11.7.


Comparative effectiveness research fundamentally reorients how clinical evidence is generated and used with the goal of providing actionable information to decision-makers. To achieve this, it is vital that decision-makers and the research enterprise are engaged from research inception, to evidence generation and translation. Practice-based research networks are affiliated clinicians in diverse communities with the goal of conducting research to improve care. Practice-based research networks have the potential to advance all phases of the comparative effectiveness research cycle. The aim of this paper is to explore current and potential roles of practice-based research networks in conducting comparative effectiveness research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Comparative Effectiveness Research*
  • Decision Making
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical
  • United States