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The Primary Care Research Institute (PCRI), is a transdisciplinary research unit dedicated to improving health, patient care and medical education by encouraging scholarship in primary care. With over 30 faculty and staff, the unit pursues a dynamic and diverse agenda of clinical, community, and health systems research committed to practical applications.

Major focus areas include:

  1. elimination of health disparities
  2. integration of primary care and mental health
  3. improvement of patient safety
  4. development of biopsychosocial care models
  5. uninsured access
  6. distribution of health professional workforce.

Key functional units are

  1. the core research nucleus, which provides broad methodological expertise in project design and execution
  2. a program development team, which secures funding and maintains collaboration between the institute and its partners
  3. a faculty development office, which oversees research fellows, conducts educational evaluation and serves as an interface with other primary care departments
  4. an administrative office, which manages operations and funding
  5. a project support team, which provides services from project management to secretarial help.

In addition, the Institute has a regional practice-based research network of 34 medical offices with 225,000 patients, 25% of them minority.

The Institute also includes the statewide office of the New York State Area Health Education Center System, which coordinates a statewide network of medical and allied health partners, and the editorial office of The Journal of Rural Health, which is the preeminent national publication in its field. The institute is housed within the U.B. Department of Family Medicine and is supported by a diverse funding stream that includes federal, state, foundation, and local sources



For more information on research at UB Family Medicine, please call our Research Office at (716) 816 - 7227.
All information © 2009, UB Department of Family Medicine unless otherwise noted.