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SAPORO is currently the only practice-based research network in the tri-state delta area and consists of 5 groups at 9 different sites, including LSU Family Medicine Residency programs, Tulane Uptown and Lakeside Family Medicine practices, Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency program, East Jefferson General Hospital Family Medicine Residency program, and a private clinic in Marrero.

What is a practice-based research network?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ARHQ) defines a primary care practice-based research network, or PBRN, as a group of ambulatory practices devoted principally to the primary care of patients, and affiliated in their mission to investigate questions related to community-based practice and to improve the quality of primary care. This definition includes a sense of ongoing commitment to network activities and an organizational structure that transcends a single research project. PBRN's often link practicing clinicians with investigators experienced in clinical and health services research, while at the same time enhancing the research skills of the network members.

What types of data does SAPORO include in studies?

Through PRINS (PRImary care Network Studies), we collect basic demographic data, such as age, gender, location (rural, urban), disease status, and visit types. The demographic information gathered showed a homogeneity of patients across member clinic sites, as well as top chronic conditions managed that were representative of those found across the nation. Data also showed a discordance between physicians' perceptions of prevalence of certain reported conditions.

What is the current study aiming to research?

The 2017 SAPORO study has a focus on three things: 

Smartphones and their applications, health and fitness apps on the market, and the effects they have on health and obesity;
Determining health literacy of our patient population (low levels of literacy have been shown to be associated with poorer health outcomes); and
Chart review comparing patients' weight at the time of survey administration with 12 months prior.