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ARCHNet (Ambulatory Research Community Health Network) is Saint Louis University School of Medicine's Family and Community Medicine Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). 

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What is ARCHNet?

Founded in 2015, ARCHNet is greater St. Louis’ Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) focusing on family and community medicine. With 21 sites across the region (and more to come), ARCHNet can dramatically increase the scope and scale of your research in family and community medicine.

Why a PBRN?

Practice-Based Research Networks are some of the most exciting and innovative developments to happen in medical research. They are uniquely well-suited to shorten the lengthy delay between empirical discoveries and the implementation of new evidence-based practices. Westfall, Mold and Fagnan observed in 2007 that “It takes an estimated average of 17 years for just 14% of new scientific discoveries to enter day-to-day clinical practice.” 1 Practice Based Research Networks can shorten
that excessive delay.

Relevant Research from the Ground, Up

As a PBRN, ARCHNet is positioned to maximize the relevance of medical research. How often do practicing physicians come across interesting, new research, only to struggle with how to make it relevant in their everyday practice? How often does a frontline doctor have insights to real-world practicalities that just don’t seem to find their way into experimental design?

ARCHNet offers an opportunity to introduce your practice insights to research as it happens. It also provides a forum to brainstorm ideas for putting new research into practice. In short, it spans the boundaries that have grown up around the research and practice worlds.

Join ARCHNet Today

ARCHNet offers a community of physicians with a keen interest in research. It also provides a means to easily scale-up any research questions you are interested in supporting. Current ARCHNet members are particularly interested in health disparities, behavioral health, quality improvement, access to care and chronic health conditions including diabetes, hypertension and chronic pain. ARCHNet enjoys exciting collaborative relationships with the Medical Family Therapy program at Saint Louis University and SLUCOR (Saint Louis University’s Center for Health Outcomes Research).

Please contact Carissa Van den Berk-Clark at