June 4 Jun 4
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday Mon

2nd Annual Conference PCHA-UHA Research and Learning Collaborative: Practice-Based Research and Learning Networks Across the Life Course

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford, CA

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

A Continuing Medical Education Conference presented by the Department of Pediatrics and Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Statement of Need

This CME conference seeks to highlight the benefits of utilizing Practice Based Research Networks (PBRNs), which provide a realistic community-based laboratory and are instrumental in bridging the gap between recommended care and actual care for the population that stands to benefit from the recommendations. Furthermore, PBRNs promote collaboration with community partners in order to produce more generalizable results than those seen in tertiary care centers alone. Best practice and treatment guidelines are often based on studies with relatively small sample sizes from tertiary care centers; however, most people obtain health care from community practices, not tertiary care centers. PBRNs can aid in identifying issues relevant to daily workflow, practice, and community clinic settings that are barriers between recommended care and actual care. For example, data collected from PBRNs can be used to create quality improvement initiatives that can be used to affect change and improve practice in a positive feedback loop. The conference will use a combination of lectures, case studies, and group discussion to illustrate how established PBRNs have been utilized successfully in other parts of the country so that they may be developed locally.

Target Audience

This regional conference is designed to meet the educational needs of Stanford, PCHA, and UHA:

  • Physicians
  • Clinicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Research Coordinators and Administrators

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the advantages of collaboration on research efforts in order to bridge the gap between recommended care and actual care in a community setting
  • Examine the resources available for conducting research within a practice-based research network (PBRN) and identify potential collaborative partnerships
  • Apply strategies and techniques used by established PBRNs to develop a research project that is a collaboration between the School of Medicine and PCHA/UHA


Course Directors

Chih-Hung Jason Wang, MD, PhD

Course director

Gary Shaw, DrPH

Course Co-Director

Kenneth Mahaffey, MD

Course Co-Director

A Continuing Medical Education Activity

Presented by the Department of Pediatrics & Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine

Conference Contact

For conference related questions please contact

Arnold Shir
Research Assistant
Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention
Stanford Health Policy (CHP/PCOR)
(650) 725-5293

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