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Department of

Family and Community Medicine

Practice-based Research Network

About The CARInG Network

The Cincinnati Area Research Interest Group (CARInG Network) is a Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) in the Cincinnati area comprised of family physicians and general internists who provide primary care to all ages and types of patients.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines PBRNs as “groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. Pediatricians have their own PBRN, the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group (CPRG). CARInG and CPRG work together to enhance the opportunities available to improve primary care in Cincinnati.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is a PBRN?
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines PBRNs as “groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice.

What does the CARInG Network do?
The CARInG Network is a Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) in the Cincinnati area comprised of family physicians and general internists who provide primary care to all ages and types of patients.

The work of the CARInG Network is done via research projects. Each member and their practice partners and staff decide whether or not to join a new project. Projects may be small and last only a few months or large and last years. Some projects may involve clinicians and their staffs directly in interventions. Other projects simply monitor current practice.

How can practices join CARInG Network?
Membership in the CARInG Network is by individual clinician (physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, nurse midwife). Multiple clinicians in a practice may join CARInG , or one clinician may join. ALL primary care clinicians in the Cincinnati region are invited to join. The only requirement for membership is an interest in the scholarly improvement of primary care. Office staff is integral to the CARInG Network and each clinician member is encouraged to involve at least one member of his or her staff in the CARInG Network. Please contact Dr. Saundra Regan at saundra.regan@uc.edu for additional information about joining the CARInG Network.

How do research ideas become research projects?
The CARInG Network will choose projects to work on in several ways. Project ideas may come from clinicians, patients, practice staff, primary care researchers or academic health center researchers. Ideas from outside the CARInG Network will be screened by a steering committee of CARInG Network clinicians, patients, staff and researchers, who will review each idea and decide whether to recommend it to the general CARInG membership. CARInG clinicians, researchers, staff and patients will also work together to develop ideas into realistic projects. CARInG researchers will write grants to obtain funding to pay for the needed support to perform the project in CARInG Network practices.

Family Medicine Faculty

Chris White, MD

Research Division Director

For More Information:

Program Coordinator
Sarah Brubaker
University of Cincinnati
Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
Research Division
MSB,  ML 0582, Room 4455
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0582
513-558-1430
sarah.brubaker@uc.edu