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The San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SFBayCRN) is UCSF's primary care practice-based research network. SFBayCRN's mission is to facilitate mutually beneficial practice-based research partnerships between UCSF researchers and community-based primary care organizations, practices, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. A unifying goal of our work is to support the development and dissemination of practice-based evidence to improve clinical practices and health outcomes in diverse communities. Our members include community-based clinicians, practices, health care organizations, and UCSF faculty.
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SFBayCRN is part of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute's Community Engagement and Health Policy Program (CE&HP).
- To join as an individual member, please email us and provide your contact information including name, email address, degree, discipline and organization.
- 2014 SFBayCRN Small Grants Program Evaluation (pdf 150KB)
- 2013 SFBayCRN Member Survey Summary (pdf 200KB)
- To join as a clinic or as a healthcare organization, please contact us by email
Join us for the SFBayCRN 4th Annual Meeting, taking place on Friday, May 11th, 2018 from 8:30-4PM at the Presidio Golden Gate Club in San Francisco.
The annual meeting will focus on research at the intersection of health policy, clinical practice, and public health. The day will include panel presentations addressing vital issues such as the use of community advisory boards in the design of clinical research, the implications of cannabis legalization for patient care and practice-based research, and the use the use of geocoded patient data to inform public health interventions.
This meeting is open to researchers, clinicians, health leaders, and community stakeholders across the San Francisco Bay Area and will provide networking opportunities to advance and align our research activities of the populations we serve.
Request a Consultation
SFBayCRN provides consultation services to members at all stages of the practice-based research process, including practice-based research design, practice recruitment, and study implementation. Consultation meetings can be provided by phone, in person at UCSF, or in the community.
Learn about Practice Based Research at UCSF and in Diverse Communities
We have developed useful informational materials for clinicians and researchers interested in practice-based research. SFBayCRN is part of the Primary Care Multiethnic Network (PRIME Net), a national consortium of practice based research networks and a contributor to the AHRQ Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center. We collaborate with several other UCSF-affiliated groups with a focus on practice improvement and practice-based research:
- Behavioral Diabetes Research Group (BDRG)
- Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC)
- Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC)
- Center for Innovation, Access, and Quality (CIAQ)
- Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP)
- Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO)
- Medical Effectiveness Research Center (MERC)
SF Bay CRN Steering Committee
The SF Bay CRN steering committee includes faculty from the UCSF Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy, as well as community based clinicians and leaders of community-based healthcare organizations.
Director: Michael Potter, MD, Professor of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
Navigator: James Rouse Iñiguez, MA, Community Engagement & Health Policy, CTSI
Steering Committee Members:
- Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
- Anna Chang, MD, CPI, Medical Director, John Muir Physician Network Clinical Research Center
- Jason Cunningham, DO, Sebastopol Community Health Center, WCHC
- Carol Dawson-Rose, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Interim Chair, Community Health Nursing, UCSF
- Diane Dooley, MHS, MD, Pediatrician, Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center
- Valy Fontil, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
- Kevin Grumbach, MD, Professor and Chair of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
- Troy Kaji, MD, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Contra Costa Health Servicesl
- Leah Karliner, MD, Associate Professor in Residence of Medicine, UCSF
- Lenard Lesser, MD, MSHS, Clinical Research Lead, One Medical
- Dayna Long, MD, Medical Director, Center for Community Health and Engagement, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
- Linda Park, RN, PhD, FNP, Assistant Professor in Residence, Community Health Nursing, UCSF
- Rajiv Pramanik, MD, Associate Chief Health Informatics Officer, San Francisco Department of Public Health
- Dean Schillinger, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF
- George Taylor, DMD, MPH, DrPH, Professor & Chair, Preventative & Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF
- Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF
- David Thom, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
Selected SF Bay CRN Research Publications
In the past seven years, the SF Bay CRN has supported and produced professional publications related to practice-based research, some of which can be found here
Bailey SC, Hasnain-Wynia R, Chen AH, Sarkar U, Lindquist LA, Schillinger D, Wolf MS. Developing Multilingual Prescription Instructions for Patients with Limited English Proficiency. J Health Care Poor and Underserved. 2012 Feb;23(1):81-7.
Bailey SC, Sarkar U, Chen A, Schillinger D, Wolf MS. Evaluation of Language Concordant, Patient-Centered Drug Label Instructions. J Gen Int Med. 2012 Mar 27. [Epub ahead of print]
Bailey SC, Sarkar U, Chen A, Schillinger D, Wolf MS. The Nature of Medication Misunderstanding among Limited English Proficient Adults. In press. Patient Educ Couns. 2012.
Bodenheimer T, Lorig K, Holman H, Grumbach K. Patient self-management of chronic disease in primary care. JAMA 2002. 288;2469-2475.
Bodenheimer T. Helping patients improve their health-related behaviors: what system changes do we need? Disease Management. 2005 Oct;8(5):319-330.
Bodenheimer T, Young DM, MacGregor K, Holtrop JS. Practice-based research in primary care: facilitator of, or barrier to, practice improvement? Annals of Family Medicine 2005;3(S2):S528-532.
Croughan-Minihane MS, Petitti DB, Rodnick JE, Eliaser G. Clinical trial examining effectiveness of three cough syrups. Journal of the American Board Family Practice 1993;6:109-11.
Croughan-Minihane MS, Thom DH, Petitti DB. Research interests of physicians in two practice-based primary care research networks. Western Journal of Medicine 1999;170(1):19-24.
Croughan MS. Factors influencing physician participation in practice-based research network studies: A call for further research. Journal of Family Practice 2001; 50(11):978-979.
DeWalt D, Schillinger D, Ruo B, Bibbins-Domingo K, Baker DW, Holmes GM, Weinberger M, Macabasco-O’Connell A, Broucksou K, Hawk V, Erman B, Sueta CA, Chang PP, Cene CW, Wu J, Jones CD, Pignone M. A multisite randomized trial of a single- versus multi-session literacy sensitive self-care intervention for patients with heart failure. In press. Circulation. 2012.
Fernandez A, Schillinger D, Grumbach K, Rosenthal A, Wang F, Perez-Stable E. Physician language ability and cultural competence: an exploratory study of communication with Spanish-speaking patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2004;19(2):167-174.
Handley MA, Hammer H, Schillinger D. Navigating the Terrain between Research and Practice: A CRN Case Study in Diabetes Research. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2006;19:85-92.
Handley MA, Hall, AC, Sanford ED, Diaz E, Gonzalez-Mendez E, Drace K , Wilson R, Villalobos M, Croughan M. Globalization, Bi-national Communities and Imported Food Risks: Results of An Outbreak Investigation of Lead Poisoning in Monterey, California. 2007;97:900-6.
Handley M, MacGregor K, Schillinger D, Sharifi C, Wong S, Bodenheimer T. Using action plans to help primary care patients adopt healthy behaviors: a descriptive study. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2006. 19:224-31.
MacGregor K, Wong S, Sharifi C, Handley M, Bodenheimer T. The action plan project: discussing behavior change in the primary care visit. Annals of Family Medicine. 2005;3(S2):S39-40.
MacGregor K, Handley MA, Wong S, Sharifi C, Gjeltema K, Schillinger D, Bodenheimer T. Behavior-change action plans in primary care: a feasibility study of clinicians. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2006. 19:215-23.
Margolius D, Bodenheimer T, Bennett H, Wong J, Ngo V, Padilla G, Thom DH. Health Coaching to Improve Hypertension Treatment in a Low-Income, Minority Population. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2012 May-Jun;10(3):199-205
Margolius D, Wong J, Goldman ML, Rouse Iñiguez J, Bodenheimer T. Delegating responsibility from clinicians to nonprofessional personnel: the example of hypertension control. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2012 Mar; 25(2); 209-215
McPhee SJ, Bird JA, Fordham D, Rodnick JE, Osborn EH. Promoting cancer prevention activities by primary care physicians. JAMA 1991; 366(4):538-44.
Osborn EH, Bird JA, McPhee SJ, Rodnick JE, Fordham D. Cancer screening by primary care physicians. Can we explain the differences? Journal of Family Practice 1991;32(5):465-71.
Petitti DB, Grumbach K. Variation in physicians’ recommendations about revisit intervals for three common conditions. Journal of Family Practice 1993; 37:253-240.
Piette JD, Schillinger D, Potter MB, Heisler M. Dimensions of Patient-Provider Communication and Diabetes Self-Care In An Ethnically-Diverse Patient Population. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2003; 18:624-33.
Piette JD, Wagner T, Potter MB, Schillinger D. Health Insurance, Medication Self-Restriction Due to Cost, and Outcomes Among Diabetes Patients in Three Systems of Care. Medical Care 2004;42:102-9.
Piette JD, Bibbins-Domingo K, Schillinger J. Health Care Discrimination, Processes of Care, and Diabetes Patients’ Health Status. Patient Education and Counseling. 2006;60:41-8.
Potter MB. Ethnicity and rates of overweight, Journal of Family Practice, 1998 Sept, 47(3), 235.
Potter M, Schafer S, Gonzalez-Mendez E, Gjeltema E, Lopez A, Wu J, Pedrin R, Cozen M, Wilson R, Thom D, Croughan-Minihane M. Opioids for chronic non-malignant pain: Attitudes and practices of primary care physicians in the UCSF/Stanford Collaborative Research Network, University of California, San Francisco. Journal of Family Practice 2001; 50(2):145-151.
Potter MB, Namvargolian Y, Hwang J, Walsh JM. Improving colorectal cancer screening: A partnership between primary care practices and the American Cancer Society. J Cancer Ed. 2009. In press.
Potter MB Phengrasamy L, Hudes ES, McPhee SJ, Walsh JM. Offering Annual Fecal Occult Blood Tests at Annual Flu Shot Clinics Increases Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates. Annals of Family Medicine 2009. In press.
Potter MB, Vu JD, Croughan-Minihane MS. Weight management: what patients want from their primary care physicians. Journal of Family Practice 2001; 50(6):513-518.
Ratanawongsa N, Handley MA, Quan J, Sarkar U, Pfeifer K, Soria C, Schillinger D. Quasi-experimental trial of diabetes Self-Management Automated and Real-Time Telephonic Support (SMARTSteps) in a Medicaid managed care plan: study protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012 Jan 26;12:22.
Ratanawongsa N, Bhandari V, Handley M, Rundall T, Hammer H, Schillinger D. Primary Care Provider Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Two Self-Management Support Programs for Vulnerable Patients with Diabetes. In press. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2012;6(1):116-124.
Saba G, Wong ST, Schillinger D, Somkin CP, Fernandez A, Wilson C, Grumbach K. Shared decision making and the experience of partnership in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine. 2006;4:54-62
Schillinger D, Wang F, Grumbach K, Daher C, Palacios J, Diaz-Sullivan G, Piette J, Bindman A. Association of Functional Health Literacy with Glycemic Control Among Diabetes Patients. JAMA 2002;288:475-482.
Schillinger D, Piette JD, Grumbach K, Wang F, Wilson C, Daher C, Leong-Grotz K, Castro C, Bindman A. Closing the Loop: Physician-Patient Communication with Diabetic Patients Who Have Low Health Literacy. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2003;163:83-90.
Schillinger D, Chen A. Literacy and Language: Disentangling Measures of Access, Utilization and Quality. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2004;19:288-290.
Schillinger D, E Machtinger, Wang F, Win K, Chen L, Bindman A. Medication Mis- communication and Anticoagulant Care: Are Pictures Worth more Than Words? Advances in patient safety: from research to implementation. Vol. 2, Research findings. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2005, pages 199-211.
Schillinger D, Machtinger E, Wang F, Rodriguez M, Bindman A. Preventing Medication Errors in Ambulatory Care: the Importance of Establishing Regimen Concordance. Advances in patient safety: from research to implementation. Vol. 1, Research findings. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2005, pages 199-210
Seligman H, Wang F, Palacios J, Wilson C, Daher C, Schillinger D. Physician Notification of their Diabetes Patients with Limited Health Literacy: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2005. Nov;20(11):1001-7.
Shipp M, Croughan-Minihane MS, Petitti DB. Estimate of the break-even point for smoking cessation programs in pregnancy. American Journal of Public Health 1992;82(3):383-390.
Stange KC, Woolf SH, Gjeltema K. One minute for prevention: the power of leveraging to fulfill the promise of health behavior counseling. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2002 May;22(4):320-3.
Thompson BL, Lawson D, Croughan-Minihane M, Cooke M. Do patients’ ethnic and social factors influence the use of do-not-resuscitate orders? Ethnicity and Disease 1999; 9(1):132-139.
Tunzi M, Croughan-Minihane M. Community assessment and education in preventive clinical ethics. Journal of Clinical Ethics 1999; 10(2):135-141.
Thom DH, Bloch DA, Segal ES, for the Stanford Trust Study Physicians. An intervention to increase patients’ trust in their physicians. Academic Medicine 1999; 74(2):195-198.
Thom DH, Ribisl KM, Stewart AL, Luke DA, and the Stanford Trust Study Physicians. Further validation and reliability testing of the Trust in Physician Scale. Medical Care 1999; 37(5): 510-7.
Thom DH. Training physicians to increase patient trust. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2000; 6:249-55.Thom DH. Physician behaviors that predict patient trust. Journal of Family Practice 2001 April; 50 (4):323-8.
Wallace A, Perkhounkova Y, Schillinger D. The Influence of Sociodemographics on Patient-Assessed Self-Management Support During a Three-Arm Trial. In press. Nurs Res. 2012.
Walsh J, Gildengorin G, Green L, Jenkins J, Potter MB. The Flu-FOBT Program in Community Clinics: Durable Benefits of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Health Education Research. May, 2012.
Tasian GE, Cooperberg MR, Potter MB, Cowan JE, Greene KL, Carroll PR, Chang JM. PSA Screening: Determinants of Primary Care Physician Practice Patterns. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. 2012 Jun;15(2):189-94.