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The Northwest Participant and Clinical Interactions Network: Increasing opportunities for patients to participate in research across the Northwestern United States

TitleThe Northwest Participant and Clinical Interactions Network: Increasing opportunities for patients to participate in research across the Northwestern United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBaldwin, L-M, Hassel, LA, Laukes, C, Doyle, M, Reedy, A, Mollis, B, Albritton, S, Clemins, E, Coker, RH, Brant, JM, Tuttle, KR, Baker, L, Ramsey, B
JournalJournal of Clinical and Translational Science
Date PublishedApril 29, 2017
Other NumbersDOI: 10.1017/cts.2016.18
Abstract

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) promotes and supports translational research collaboration between clinicians, communities, and investigators across the five-state Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) region. The ITHS has developed a collaborative regional clinical research network, the Northwest Participant & Clinical Interactions Network (NW PCI), involving 12 diverse clinical health systems and academic institutions. This article details NW PCI’s development, infrastructure and governance, tools, characteristics, and initial outcomes. The Network is guided by a 10-member Steering Committee of regional NW PCI site leaders, and Coordinating Center faculty and staff expert in clinical research. Regional NW PCI sites have over 1,240 open studies involving over 6700 patients in 2016. NW PCI trials are largely industry-sponsored; NW PCI sites are interested in including more grant-funded research. In its first three years, NW PCI regional sites participated in 34 new grant and contract applications across diverse topics. The NW PCI model supports the goals of the developing CTSA Trial Innovation Network by increasing access to cutting-edge research across the Northwestern U.S., by supporting investigators seeking diverse populations, including those with rare diseases, for their research studies, and by providing settings to test implementation and dissemination of effective interventions.

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