Through its national membership of physicians and clinicians, it is the AAFP National Research Network’s mission to cultivate, conduct, and disseminate primary care research that improves health of patients, families, and their communities. The AAFP National Research Network examines, describes, implements, and advances medical knowledge through implementing programs and selecting studies based on relevance to family medicine and interest of its members.
The AAFP National Research Network was established in 1999 to advance family medicine through research by cultivating, conducting, and disseminating primary care research in a practice-based setting. We are the nation's largest practice-based research network, representing nearly 2,400 members in more than 870 practices. The AAFP National Research Network assists in research that may strengthen and improve primary care for physicians, practices, patients, and communities. We ask important questions and advance evidence related to practice transformation, health information technology (HIT), population health, cost reform/new payment models, and team-based care.
Our team of interdisciplinary experts is comprised of clinicians and PhD researchers, project managers, research assistants, data analysts, program coordinators, grants and financial administrations, and an expansive network of experienced family medicine research colleagues outside of AAFP.
The project portfolio reflects members' needs and aligns with the Academy's strategic priorities. Our projects involve a vast array of topics, ranging from practice advancement needs to chronic disease management to emerging needs of the specialty.
The mission of the AAFP National Research Network is to cultivate, conduct, and disseminate primary care research that improves health care and benefits the health of patients, families, and their communities.
Our vision is a robust network of family physicians and clinicians engaging to advance knowledge that promotes and provides optimal primary care to all.