The mission of the Practice Research Network is to build an infrastructure linking investigators at The University of Maryland, Baltimore, Department of Psychiatry with the public mental health system through an innovative approach to nurturing the development of activities that reflect the value of a collaborative and participatory approach to research. There will be an in-depth discussion evaluating the process of partnership development with local mental health authorities (Core Service Agencies), clinics, providers, advocacy organizations, and consumers throughout Maryland. A description of the initial and evolving structure of the network will underscore the importance of involving multiple stakeholders to increase access to studies. Data will be provided to illustrate the number of study referrals generated by the Network. There will be a discussion regarding the modifications that are needed to this approach based on feedback and evaluation received from clients over the past two years, since the network’s inception
- An Evaluation of an Innovative, Collaborative Approach to Interfacing Research Systems with the Mental Health Community Deborah Piez, MS, LPC Dan Nieberding, MS, LCPC Sandra Sundeen, MS, RN CREATING THE PRACTICE RESEARCH NETWORK THE IDEA THE PLAYERS THE FUNDING – NIMH Research Infrastructure Support Project (IP - RISP) # 1R24MH082755 CREATING THE PRACTICE RESEARCH NETWORK STAFFING NUMBER QUALIFICATIONS QUALITIES INITIATION Goal: To develop collaborative relationships with research teams and the mental health communities PROVIDING: ACCESS TO RESEARCH EDUCATION AND INFORMATION RECIPROCITY CREATING A NEW PARADIGM FOR RECRUITMENT OF STUDY PARTICIPANTS Merging PRN innovative services into an existing operational design of study team approach Focusing on local mental health authorities as a gateway to groups of potential participants Integrating advocacy organizations Accomplishments So Far Introductions and partnerships with 24 local mental health authorities and the State mental health authority Collaborations developed with family, consumer, and other advocacy groups plus over 65 providers 11 studies represented by the PRN 587 PRN generated study referrals Behavioral Health Research web site created for Network of Care EVALUATING THE PRACTICE RESEARCH NETWORK Rationale for the evaluation Method selected Populations surveyed: Consumers/Family Members/Advocates Local Mental Health Authorities/Service Providers Investigators/Study Teams SURVEY DESIGN Three versions of the survey created Providers/Mental Health Authorities: 9 items Investigators/Study Teams: 9 items Consumers/Family Members/Advocates: 10 items Convenience Sample Providers/Mental Health Authorities: Survey Monkey Investigators/Study Teams: Survey Monkey Consumers/Family Members/Advocates: Survey Monkey or hard copy SURVEY RESPONDENTS Consumers/Family Members, Advocates: 120 Mental Health Authorities/Providers: 32 Research Investigators/Study Teams: 4 Total Responses: 156 Correlations How much has your organization benefited from the Practice_Research Network?