Aims of the ORC-NZ PBRN Project
The ORC-NZ Project has a number of inter-related, yet distinct, aims. These are to:
- Facilitate closer engagement and communication between osteopaths and researchers
- Advance broad rigorous scientific investigation to inform osteopathy patient care
- Conduct research in osteopathy that is practice and practitioner relevant
- Promote and grow critical research capacity and help produce a sustainable research culture in New Zealand osteopathy
- Facilitate and encourage osteopathy research network building and collaborations across New Zealand and internationally
What is Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) such as that utilised by the ORC-NZ Project?
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a practice-based research network (PBRN) as a ‘group with at least 15 ambulatory practices and/or 15 clinicians devoted principally to the primary care of patients, affiliated with each other (and often with an academic or professional organisation) in order to investigate questions related to community based practice’.
The defining characteristics of a PBRN include:
- A mission and statement of purpose, including an ongoing commitment to research;
- Channels for communication among network participants;
- A director with responsibility for administration of the network, and at least one support staff;
- An advisory board that solicits input from communities of patients served by the PBRN clinicians.