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J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Nov-Dec;27(6):730-5. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2014.06.140034.

Praxis-based research networks: An emerging paradigm for research that is rigorous, relevant, and inclusive.

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1
From the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (JJW, KCS), the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (JJW), and the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Oncology, and Sociology (KCS), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. james.werner@case.edu.
2
From the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (JJW, KCS), the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (JJW), and the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Oncology, and Sociology (KCS), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

Abstract

Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) have developed a grounded approach to conducting practice-relevant and translational research in community practice settings. Seismic shifts in the health care landscape are shaping PBRNs that work across organizational and institutional margins to address complex problems. Praxis-based research networks combine PBRN knowledge generation with multistakeholder learning, experimentation, and application of practical knowledge. The catalytic processes in praxis-based research networks are cycles of action and reflection based on experience, observation, conceptualization, and experimentation by network members and partners. To facilitate co-learning and solution-building, these networks have a flexible architecture that allows pragmatic inclusion of stakeholders based on the demands of the problem and the needs of the network. Praxis-based research networks represent an evolving trend that combines the core values of PBRNs with new opportunities for relevance, rigor, and broad participation.

PMID:
25381067
PMCID:
PMC4822826
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2014.06.140034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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