Kentucky Ambulatory Network - KAN

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The Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN) is a primary care practice-based research network (PBRN) established in the year 2000 devoted to implementation science, as well as patient-centered, and population health research. KAN is a collaborative effort involving primary care physicians, health care providers, scientists, and public health experts throughout Kentucky and its bordering communities. KAN emphasizes the prevention and management of common health problems in Kentucky, and their broader implications.

KAN Mission: To enhance the ability of office-based clinicians to deliver high-quality primary health care to their patients through collaborative and transitional research in the primary care setting. KAN emphasizes the prevention and management of common health problems in Kentucky, and their broader implications.

Administration and affiliations: KAN is administered through the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Population Medicine at the University of Kentucky (UK). KAN is registered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) PBRN registry. The network is also a member of the national Federation of Practice Based Research Networks and an affiliate of the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network.

Support: KAN and its affiliated investigators have been supported to conduct practice-based research through federal and foundation grants (Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pfizer, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Kentucky Association of Family Practice (KAFP) and by the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)).

Current areas of interest include: chronic pain, complimentary/alternative medicine in primary care, lung cancer screening, tobacco cessation, cardiovascular and endocrine disorders, care transitions, health literacy, medication adherence, and systems-oriented quality improvement in practice.

Membership: Members include nearly 300 community-based clinicians, healthcare administrators, and researchers across 232 clinics in Kentucky; most of whom provide primary care via small private practices or community health centers. Members also include faculty with a broad array of expertise including public health, behavioral sciences and health services.