Community Based Research Networks
A Community Based Research Network (CBRN) is a network of medical practices interested in developing or participating in clinical research projects. CBRNs involve more diverse populations of both clinicians and patients in the research process to help speed the rate at which medical research leads to useful changes in clinical practice. CBRNs provide a great opportunity for interactions between clinicians practicing in a variety of locations and serving a variety of patients. This allows studies that would not be feasible if one tried to carry them out in a single type of practice. Clinicians experienced in providing care in a variety of settings and researchers experienced with diverse research methods will be brought together and studies are more likely to provide convincing results that are directly applicable to practice in many settings.