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The WPRN is currently conducting the following types of research

  • Observational and descriptive research
  • Pilot studies
  • Pragmatic clinical trials
  • Dissemination and Implementation research
  • Center or training grant core partnership


Areas of Research Interest

  • Use of the electronic medical record (EMR) as a tool for research that improves quality of care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Prevention of adverse drug events
  • Cancer screening and prevention
  • Chronic pain and opiate addiction
  • Behavioral health and primary care integration
  • Oral health in primary care
  • Mobile health technology


Selected Bibliography

Evaluating the development, implementation and dissemination of a multi-site card study in the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN). Cole AM, Keppel GA, Linares A*, Alto W*, Kriegsman W*, Reed A*, Holmes J*, Mohanachandran M, Baldwin LM. Clinical and Translational Science. 2015 Jul 14. doi: 10.1111/cts.12312. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26177880

Visualizing anomalies in electronic health record data: the variability explorer tool. Estiri H, Chan Y, Baldwin L, Jung H, Cole A, Stephens KA. AMIA Summits Translational Science Proceedings, 2015 Mar 15, 56-60. PMC4525227

Use of mobile health (mHealth) tools by primary care patients in the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN). Bauer AM, Rue T, Keppel GA, Cole AM, Baldwin LM, Katon W. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2014 Nov-Dec;27(6):780-8. PMC4297607

Guidance for researchers developing and conducting clinical trials in practice-based research networks. Dolor RJ, Schmit K, Graham D, Fox CH, Baldwin LM. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2014 Nov-Dec;27(6):750-8. PMC4297606

Implementation of health data-sharing infrastructure across diverse primary care organizations. Cole A, Keppel GA, Stephens K, Lin CP, Baldwin LM. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 2014 Apr-Jun;37(2):164-70. PMC4065306

Contraceptive methods and informed consent among women receiving medications with potential for adverse fetal effects: a Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI) Region Study. Force RW*, Keppel GA, Guirguis-Blake J*, Gould DA*, Vincent C*, Chunchu K, Monger RM*, Holmes JT*, Cauffield J*, Baldwin LM. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2012 Sep;25(5):661-668. PMC3888553

Variation in refill protocols and procedures in a family medicine residency network. Guirguis-Blake J*, Keppel GA, Force RW,* Cauffield J, Monger RM*, Baldwin LM. Family Medicine. 2012 Sep;44(8):564-8. PMC3880654

Developing a practice-based research network by integrating quality improvement: challenges and ingredients for success. Baldwin LM, Keppel GA, Davis A, Guirguis-Blake J*, Force R*, Berg AO. Clinical and Translational Science. 2012 Aug;5(4):351- 5. Epub 2012 Mar 27. PMC3880655

*Regional Clinical Faculty