The WPRN is a collaborative group of primary care practices in the five-state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) committed to research and practice improvement. The WPRN’s diversity of geography and practice type allows it to reach many rural and underserved populations.
WPRN members contribute to evidence-based knowledge in primary care by generating project ideas, conducting studies at their own sites, and collaborating on studies across the WPRN. Members may contribute to the development of research questions and protocols.
Members are clinical practices; individual practitioners within a practice may choose whether or not to participate. Representatives from member practices convene annually in Seattle, WA.
- Opportunities to be involved in research and scholarship
- Opportunities to be involved in practice improvement initiatives
- Opportunities for professional development
- Continuing Medical Education credit when possible and appropriate
- Reimbursement for FTE and clinic costs of participating in funded research projects
The WPRN Coordinating Center (CC) and operations are located at the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle, WA.
WPRN Director Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH, and the WPRN Steering Committee, composed of CC and member practice representatives, lead the WPRN.
The WPRN is supported by the University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), the Department of Family Medicine (UWFM), and funded research grants.
- ✓ Improving Safe Medication Prescribing among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
- ✓ Cervical Cancer Screening: Are Women Over, Under, or Appropriately Screened?
- ✓ ACE-Is, ARBs, Statins and Contraception
- ✓ Using Electronic Communications to Improve Hypertension in the Community (e-CHIP)
- ✓ Patient Preference for Weight Loss Program
- ✓ Data QUEST – an infrastructure for securely sharing electronic medical record data for research.