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For Researchers

We offer consultation on conducting practice-based research and recruiting from primary care practices, including:

  1. Protocol development
  2. IRB issues
  3. Identifying appropriate practices
  4. Making linkages with practices
  5. Study Design
  6. Letters of Support
  7. Training for investigators and research staff in maintaining practice relationships.

What to Expect

  1. What to expectWe ask researchers to fill out a Yellow Sheet, describing your study.
  2. If the study is "low burden" to practices, we ask researchers to attend one of our monthly Executive Committee meetings to discuss ways to collaborate.
  3. If the study is "moderate burden" or a quality improvement project for practices, we ask the researcher to meet with our Executive Committee, and with our Steering Committee, which meets quarterly.

How Research Typically Happens in Rochester

Clinicians in Rochester rarely directly recruit and consent participants for research. Usually, practices do one or more of the following:

  1. Allow research flyers in the waiting area or exam rooms
  2. Send letters to potentially eligible patients, telling them of the opportunity to participate in a study.
  3. Refer patients to studies that may be of interest

All of these strategies depend on the practice's needs and preferences. Studies receive review and approval from an Institutional Review Board before being implemented in practices.

Practice-Based Research

There are also research studies that focus on primary care delivery and health services. These may be quality improvement projects or clinician learning collaboratives, and sometimes qualify clinicians for maintenance of certification. These tend to be higher burden to practice clinicians and staff but are also more likely to answer questions that are directly relevant to primary care practice and everyday care. These kinds of studies get a higher level of review by our Steering Committee of community clinicians. Again, practices decide whether or not to participate, on a case-by-case basis, based on their own needs and priorities.