"Not a Kidney or a Lung:" Research challenges in a network of safety net clinics

John Heintzman, Sonja Likumahuwa, Christine Nelson, M. Patrice Eiff, Rachel Gold, Joseph E. Carroll, John Muench, Christian Hill, Meena Mital, Jennifer E. De Voe

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To gain a better understanding of the facilitators and barriers to creating a practice-based research network (PBRN) of safety net clinics, we conducted a qualitative study within our network of safety net health centers. METHODS: Utilizing snowball sampling, we conducted interviews with 19 of our founding stakeholders and analyzed these interviews to draw out common themes. RESULTS: The results showed four barriers to research in our network: lack of research generated from clinician questions, lack of appropriate funding, lack of clinician time, and lack of infrastructure. We discuss these results and suggest that inadequate funding for practice-based research, particularly in the health care safety net, is a unifying theme of these four barriers. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that the national funding strategy for research relevant to underserved populations and all of primary care must undergo a fundamental shift. We discuss the features of possible models to meet this need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-111
Number of pages7
JournalFamily medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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