Practitioner engagement in activities of the national dental practice-based Research Network (PBRN): 7-Year Results

Rahma Mungia, Ellen Funkhouser, Sonia K. Makhija, Stephanie C. Reyes, Rachel A. Cohen, David L. Cochran, Cyril Meyerowitz, D. Brad Rindal, Valeria V. Gordan, Jeffrey L. Fellows, Meredith Trejo, Thomas W. Oates, Jason D. McCargar, Pamela A. McMahon, Gregg H. Gilbert

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Purpose: To 1) quantify practitioner activities of the National Dental Practice–Based Research Network (Network) for which Continuing Education (CE) credits were received (study training, videos, webinars, meetings, and symposia); 2) quantify practitioner coauthoring Network publications and presentations; and 3) test whether practitioner characteristics were associated with participation in these activities. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 4361 practitioners who enrolled in the Network between April 12, 2012 and October 12, 2018. Results: Overall, 59% (n = 2586) of practitioners earned CE credit from the Network; among these, 68% (n = 1757) from a video, 38% (n = 993) attended an annual Network meeting, 31% (n = 798) due to training for a Network clinical study, 9% (n = 226) attended a national symposium, and 7% (n = 170) participated in a Network webinar. Members of 2 large group practices earned on average more CEs than practitioners from other practice settings. Four percent (n = 159) of practitioners coauthored a Network presentation or publication. Practitioners who received their dental degree before 2000, were general practitioners, or were members of 2 large group practices, were more likely to have coauthored a publication or presentation. Conclusion: This Network used a broad range of activities to engage community practitioners. These activities were successful in sustaining a high level of practitioner engagement in clinical research and its relevance to everyday clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-697
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Continuing Education
  • General Practitioners
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
  • Practice-Based Research
  • Publishing
  • Retrospective Studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice


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