Lesson Learned in the Growth and Maturation Stages of a Community Pharmacy Practice-Based Research Network: Experiences of the Medication Safety Research Network of Indiana (Rx-SafeNet)

  • Mary Ann Kozak
  • Stephanie A. Gernant
  • Heather M. Hemmeger
  • Margie E. Snyder
Keywords: practice-based research network, community pharmacy, pharmacy administration


Community pharmacy practice-based research networks (CP PBRNs) are a relatively new arena for pharmacists. While some lessons may be gleaned from primary care PBRNs, the experiences of CP PBRNs have much to offer the profession in terms of organization and practice. In 2012, we reported on our early experiences developing the Medication Safety Research Network of Indiana (RxSafeNet) after establishing the Network in 2010. Over the past 3 years, our CP PBRN of approximately 180 members has managed further growth by revisiting policies and procedures, maintaining CP PBRN member relationships, and preparing for financial sustainability. We look forward to furthering our CP PBRN projects in the coming years and collaborating with other CP PBRNs to enhance medication safety in Indiana and beyond.


Type: Original Research


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Received 2016-02-10
Published 2015-01-01
Practice-Based Research