In this descriptive study, we administered the Primary Care Network Survey (PRINS) to AAFP National Research Network physicians. This study was a modified version of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). We collected descriptive data about the physicians’ practices, patients, and patient-physician encounters.
The primary research questions are:
This study was conducted from January 22, 2002 through August 29, 2002.
This project has been completed. See below for Key Findings and Publications.
For additional information about this study, please contact:
AAFP National Research Network
Presented in part at the 1st Annual Practice-based Research Networks (PBRN) Meeting, July 21, 2005, Washington, DC.
PRINS presents a view of diverse primary care visits and differs from NAMCS in its methods and findings. Further examinations of PRINS data are needed to assess their usefulness for describing encounters that occur in primary care research networks
Access the complete manuscript:
Describing primary care encounters: The Primary Care Network Survey and The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.(9 page PDF)
Binns HJ, Lanier D, Pace WD, et al. Ann Fam Med. 2007;5:39-47.
Practice-based research networks: the laboratories of primary care research. Lindbloom EJ, Ewigman BG, Hickner JM. Med Care. 2004;42(4 Suppl):III45-9. Access the abstract on PubMed(www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).
This project was funded by a grant from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
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The "PRINS" Data Collection Project