A mixed-methods study of research dissemination across practice-based research networks

Paula Darby Lipman, Carol J. Lange, Rachel A. Cohen, Kevin A Peterson

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Practice-based research networks may be expanding beyond research into rapid learning systems. This mixed-methods study uses Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality registry data to identify networks currently engaged in dissemination of research findings and to select a sample to participate in qualitative semistructured interviews. An adapted Diffusion of Innovations framework was used to organize concepts by characteristics of networks, dissemination activities, and mechanisms for rapid learning. Six regional networks provided detailed information about dissemination strategies, organizational context, role of practice-based research network, member involvement, and practice incentives. Strategies compatible with current practices and learning innovations that generate observable improvements may increase effectiveness of rapid learning approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-188
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • Best practice
  • Dissemination
  • PBRN
  • Primary care
  • Quality improvement


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