Evaluating Computer Capabilities in a Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network
By Adolfo J. Ariza, M.D., et al
In a survey of 40 pediatric practices, researchers found wide variability in the computer hardware and software used in the pediatric practice setting. The authors conclude that implementing electronic data collection in primary care practice-based research networks would require a substantial start-up effort and ongoing training and support at the practice site.
Exploring Patient Reactions to Pen-Tablet Computers: A Report from CaReNet
By Deborah S. Main, Ph.D., et al
In exit interviews with 168 patients, researchers found that patients were able and willing to complete questionnaires administered on pen-tablet computers and that they required little training on the use of the device. The authors conclude this novel, easy-to-use technology has the potential to increase patient involvement in practice-based research.
How and Why to Study the Practice Content of a Practice-Based Research Network
By Kevin A. Pearce, M.D., M.P.H., et al
This study by the Kentucky Ambulatory Network shows how using the methods of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey can help to establish the representativeness of a new PBRN, while beginning the study of topics relevant to participating clinicians.