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Center for Primary Care Research and Innovation

The Center for Primary Care Research and Innovation (CPCRI) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary community of primary care scholars that inspires innovation, learning, and discovery in primary care research.

CPCRI seeks to ask and answer critical questions for primary care transformation and advancement.

We are a bridge between primary care scientists and care settings, building a culture of change and innovation.

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BRIDGE-C2 Center

The Building Research in Implementation and Dissemination to close Gaps and achieve Equity in Cancer Control (BRIDGE-C2) Center’s vision is to ensure cancer preventive care is accessible and appropriately utilized and there are no longer disparities.

We are developing and testing methods to understand crucial, real-world information about individual practice settings. These methods will then be integrated into a tailored support approach for each practice and community.

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ESCALATES Study

The Evaluating System Change to Advance Learning and Take Evidence to Scale (ESCALATES) is the National Evaluation of the EvidenceNOW Initiative, one of the largest research investments to date by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The initiative is supporting 1500 primary care practices in using the latest evidence to help patients improve their heart health. Our team is focused on learning which support strategies are most effective in those efforts.

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Community health centers’ performance in cancer screening and prevention

Background Community Health Centers (CHCs) typically serve low-income and underrepresented patient populations. Introduced in 2010, one of Healthy People 2020’s many goals aimed to reduce health disparities. This included providing delivery rates of the following three cancer preventive care interventions: cervical cancer screenings (93% screening rate), colorectal cancer screenings (70.5% screening rate), and tobacco cessation …

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Rates of Undiagnosed Hypertension and Diagnosed Hypertension Without Anti-hypertensive Medication Following the Affordable Care Act

Background Uncontrolled hypertension is the largest single contributor to all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Access to health insurance is a critical aspect of hypertension detection, treatment, and control and a lack of insurance can greatly exacerbate barriers to successful hypertension care and management. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion led to better access to health …

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A Taxonomy for External Support for Practice Transformation

Background There is no commonly accepted comprehensive framework for describing the practical specifics of providing external support for practice change. Our goal was to develop such a taxonomy that could be used by both external groups or researchers and health care leaders. This paper reports on a taxonomy developed by the leaders of Agency for …

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Unintended consequences: a qualitative study exploring the impact of collecting implementation process data with phone interviews on implementation activities

Background Qualitative data are crucial when studying implementation processes, and thus necessary for understanding implementation trial outcomes. Typical methods for capturing such data include observations, focus groups, and interviews. However, little consideration has been given to how such methods create interactions between researchers and study participants which could affect participants’ engagement in study-related implementation activities, …

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Lessons learned about the effective operationalization of champions as an implementation strategy: results from a qualitative process evaluation of a pragmatic trial

Background Implementation strategies are methods used to help clinics adopt new practices. The knowledge base on these strategies is growing, but much still remains unknown about how best to select and enact strategies designed to promote practice change in different contexts. For example, evidence clearly shows that having a ‘champion’ of a given practice change …

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Assessing cancer history accuracy in primary care electronic health records through cancer registry linkage

Background The majority of cancer survivors transition from oncological care to primary care settings several years after their diagnosis, and awareness of patient’s cancer history is important for providing optimal care for cancer survivors. Community health centers (CHC) provide healthcare to patients regardless of their insurance status, and CHC patients from with low socioeconomic status …

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