ORPRN: Conducting Research in Rural Settings

Founded in 2002, the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) is a nationally recognized practice-based research organization.

  • Network of 157 clinicians 40 primary care practices
  • Located in 37 rural Oregon communities
  • Serving approximately 235,000 (or 1 in 4) rural Oregonians
ORPRN is one of only six primary care PBRNs in the U.S. with a rural focus, and it is the only all-rural network. ORPRN has a diverse research portfolio that covers a wide range of health topics, including:
  • medication safety
  • child behavioral health
  • adult mental health
  • pregnancy and nutrition
  • dementia
  • osteoporosis
  •  exercise and nutrition counseling
  • clinical workforce issues
  • emergency care
  • provision of preventive services
  • immunization practices

The network places a high value on participatory research at the community and practice level and frequently partners with outside investigators on projects funded by federal, state, foundation and individual sources.

Learn more about ORPRN. 


Interested in working with a practice-based research network?

OCTRI has put together general guidelines for researchers collaborating with practice-based research networks (PBRNs).

Practice-based Research Guidelines