Individual Clinician, Practice and Residency Membership
Below is a list studies conducted by individual clinicians, practices or residency members of the AAFP NRN
AIM-HI -- This project evaluated a practice improvement program to improve family physicians’ delivery of effective patient-centered behavior change interventions for “fitness” (physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being).
Alcohol and Sleep Study -- -- In this randomized trial, we compared two screening tools for problem drinking, assessing frequency of use, patient and clinician comfort, and patient engagement in change.
Asthma IQ -- Examining the use of the ASTHMA IQ primary care tool to improve asthma care and asthma outcomes.
Asthma Tools -- This is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the effectiveness of the Asthma APGAR system in rural family medicine practices.
AZithroMycin/Asthma: Trial In Community Settings -- A pilot randomized "practical clinical' that tested the hypothesis that anti-chlamydial antibiotic treatment would significantly improve asthma control.
BELT Asthma Study -- This large-scale multi-center project titled Blacks and Exacerbations on LABA v. Triotropium (BELT), a subcontract with Harvard University, is designed to compare the effectiveness of long-acting beta agonists (LABA)/inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) versus triotropium/ICS in African-American patients with moderate to severe asthma.
Bioterrorism -- A survey conducted to examine and promote the health care system's readiness for a bioterrorist event.
Cancer Care -- A qualitative study conducted to understand the role of family physicians in care of their patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Childhood Cancer Survey -- A survey to examine the primary care physicians’ experiences and beliefs regarding long-term health issues and health care practice patterns of adolescent and young adult survivors of pediatric cancer.
Comfortably Engaging -- In this randomized trial, we compared two screening tools for problem drinking, assessing frequency of use, patient and clinician comfort, and patient engagement in change.
Dementia Screening -- In this random-controlled trial we tested two screening tools to determine realistic ways to diagnose Early Cognitive Impairment (ECI).
Dementia Survey -- This project is a national sample survey of AAFP active members to investigate the practice patterns, beliefs, concerns and perceived need of family physicians that treat patients with dementia.
Diabetes Outcome Study -- In this study, we wanted to describe how primary care clinicians care for patients with type 2 diabetes.
Family Healthware Tool -- In a randomized controlled trial of AAFP National Research Network physicians, we aimed to find out whether patients who are given health messages based on their risk factors will be motivated to make behavior changes and use preventative health services.
Health Literacy Toolkit -- This project is designed to select existing and develop other applicable health literacy quality improvement measures that will allow practices to assess their success in promoting better communication with their patients.
Healthy Community Collaborative Evaluation -- An external evaluation of The Healthy Communities Collaborative program.
Hepatitis C Shared Decision Tool -- In this study we evaluated the effectiveness and usefulness of a Hepatitis C Decision Support tool among primary care clinicians and their patients.
Hepatitis C Survey -- In a survey of 1200 AAFP family physicians. we examined their perceptions of Hepatitis C screening and treatment barriers.
Immunizations in Primary Care -- A pilot test of a Web-based electronic system designed to calculate the actual costs that practices incur when providing different types of immunizations.
Improving Communications During Office Visits -- In a randomized trial, we tested the effectiveness of Ask-Me-3, a patient-physician communication tool.
Improving Depression Care -- This study was a combination of Quality Improvement (QI) and practice-based research activities. By having members of each practice utilize quality improvement tools, we tested strategies for making and sustaining improved depression care.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome -- This is a pilot project using the Genova Diagnostics (GDx) tests for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Narcotic Prescription Initiative -- A survey to better understand the impact of the chronic narcotic prescription initiative implemented through the Medicaid Access physician community.
Obesity Task Order -- A demonstration project that will examine a quality improvement project that links primary care practices to an existing community resource at the YMCA in Greater Providence, Rhode Island.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee -- A study on electrotherapy as a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee (KOA) in the primary care practice setting.
Patient Safety General Errors Study -- A study to understand if family doctors, office staff, and patients will report medical errors and lapses in patient safety during a defined, intensive study period.
Patient Safety Testing Process Errors -- A study to describe and estimate rates of laboratory and imaging process errors detected in family physician offices by physicians and office staff.
Pharyngitis Survey -- In a survey to AAFP members, we determined factors associated with appropriate management of children with pharyngitis.
Pneumococcal -- In this study, we administered a pneumococcal immunizations survey to older adults, using paper and electronic forms. We assessed the ability of clinicians to collect and transmit research data electronically using handheld computers.
Prescription for Health -- This project examined the effectiveness of an automated telephone-based counseling tool for patients.
PRINS -- In this descriptive study, we administered the Primary Care Network Survey (PRINS) to AAFP National Research Network physicians.
Prostate Cancer -- A study building on previous qualitative research to identify two patterns of IDM for prostate cancer screening, and examine the role of physicians’ beliefs about screening in determining how they handle IDM in their practice.
Spirometry -- This project assessed the accuracy of spirometry testing completed in the family physicians’ office using new simplified equipment.
TRIPPD -- This is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the impact of translation of a universal screening and follow up program for Postpartum Depression (PPD) versus usual care in family physician’s offices.
Unreimbursed Care -- This project examined the situations under which a clinician provides care with no reimbursement, establishes a sliding pay scale, or accepts Medicaid, and his/her reasons for those choices.