Current Research Projects
The Assessment and Management of Chronic Pain in Primary Care Practices
Research goal: To understand and describe the prevalence of patients with chronic pain in CARinG Network practices, current assessment and management of chronic pain and barriers and enablers to quality chronic pain care as perceived by physicians and medical assistants.
Method: This multi-method study uses three types of data: 1) questions on the presence of chronic pain from a modified PRINS-2 card study, 2) chart reviews on all identified patients with chronic pain from the modified PRINS-2 card study and 3) interviews with a sample of physicians and medical assistants from each participating CARInG Network Practice.
Participating Practices: Twenty one physicians from the following 8 practices: Wyoming Family Practice; Forest Park Family Practice; Clinton Memorial Family Practice Center; University Pointe Family Medicine; Cincinnati Healthcare for the Homeless; The Christ Hospital Medical Associates – Madiera Family Medicine; The Christ Hospital Medical Associates – Medical Office Building Family Medicine; Sharonville Family Practice
Primary Care Network Survey
Research goal: To describe clinical encounters in a family medicine primary care network using PRINS data questions that have been previously used to described primary care delivery among PBRNs nationwide. These data have the potential to more clearly describe service delivery in our Network and offer the unique opportunity to examine research questions of particular relevance to PBRNs.
Method: We collected clinical encounter data using the PRINS-2 data card which was modified to include questions about the presence of chronic pain and mental health diagnoses.
Participating Practices: Twenty-one physicians from 8 participating CARInG Network practices participated. These findings will be compared to national reports and used to define and describe current CARInG Network practices for future studies.