Alberta Family Practice Research Network (afprn)
Alberta has developed outstanding medical researchers and facilities in selected areas. However, the health research base needs to expand and flourish in the community at large where the majority of health care occurs – i.e. family practice. Appropriate, meaningful collaboration among researchers in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings, medical research institutes and academic environments would result in substantially improved patient outcomes, disease prevention strategies and health service delivery methods.
The ACFP has a long standing commitment to family medicine research. The ACFP has developed a research mandate and formed a research committee to encourage and promote family physician researchers and research in family medicine throughout the province of Alberta.
The Alberta Family Practice Research Network (AFPRN) is an initiative of the ACFP.
Benefits Of Afprn to family physicians
Responding to requests for participation in a research project reviewed by the AFPRN will assure you that the Clinical Director and members of the AFPRN Steering Committee have assessed the proposal and determined that:
- The project is valid and relevant to family practice.
- The project should result in meaningful findings.
- The project has received research ethics board approval.
Benefits Of Afprn to Researchers
AFPRN is a resource, which researchers can access if they wish to recruit family physicians and/or their patients into research projects.
Using the AFPRN to recruit for your study will provide you with:
- The opportunity to disseminate your research results to ACFP members to improve their practice of primary care thus the research results have a greater impact on primary care.
- Access to a large number of family physicians and patient populations in a variety of settings (rural, urban, solo or group practices).
- Linkage of primary care questions to practical answers in primary care.