Do you have a clinical question that would aid in developing a research idea or project? This is an opportunity to gain knowledge about a topic or question in primary care settings. The West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network (WVPBRN) is unveiling a new survey platform, the Collective Outreach and Research Engagement (CORE) Survey. The WVPBRN is a group of primary care clinicians and practices partnered with research entities within the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) that work together to answer community-based healthcare questions and translate research findings into meaningful everyday practice in West Virginia (WV).

Similar in design to the nationwide CERA Survey, the CORE Survey is a compilation of survey questions from multiple clinicians and/or investigators relating to a variety of primary care topics in WV. Clinicians and/or investigators may apply to the WVPBRN to have their questions included in the survey. The WVPBRN will select the top questions (not to exceed 30 questions total) that are most relevant and of interest to network members. The WVPBRN will then send the CORE Survey to members in early spring 2019.

Clinicians and/or researchers selected for the survey will have exclusive access to their portion of the survey results within 30 days after the conclusion of the survey. The results are shared with the investigator first to allow publishing and proposal development. The Network can access the survey data after 120 days of survey completion. For an example list of CERA Survey articles, visit CERA Scholarly Activity.

The goal of this survey resource is to:

  • Collect pilot data for upcoming submissions to the network

  • Provide mentoring and partnership opportunities between the network and researchers

  • Reduce the number of surveys members are asked to complete

  • Increase quality and frequency of published medical research

This survey will be released on a yearly basis.
If you are considering submitting questions, please contact Angie DeWitt (amdewitt@hsc.wvu.edu) or 304-293-9198 for a consultation.

Application Process

Proposals for the West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network CORE Survey are due by January 11, 2019 at 5:00pm EST.

Applications must be submitted via email as a single PDF, 2-page document by the close of business (5:00 pm EST) on or before the deadline date. Applications should be emailed to Angie DeWitt at amdewitt@hsc.wvu.edu.

The 2-page application must include all of the following:

  • Title of the proposed Project

  • Contact information for PI (name, address, phone, email)

  • Project team names listed

  • Health care issue addressed by the proposed project

  • Brief description of how this information is relevant and useful to primary care clinics in West Virginia

  • List of intended questions (up to 10 questions, including all subparts to questions)

The CORE survey will collect demographic information in addition to submitted questions. Priority is given to proposals that are likely to 1) benefit rural primary care practice, 2) establish or enhance partnerships with WVPBRN site(s) on the submitted research, 3) result in grant application pilot data and/or 4) contribute to a peer-reviewed publication. The proposals and questions will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • WVPBRN topic of interest

  • Significance/relevance to primary care settings

  • Quality of questions as written

  • Is it publishable?

  • Overall quality of submission

You must be a member of the WVPBRN and/or the WVCTSI to submit a proposal. The selected proposals will be connected with an experienced network advisor who will join each project team to help refine questions, connect to WVCTSI services, facilitate analysis, and prepare and submit manuscripts. Because of their extensive involvement, advisors should be included as authors on published papers/presentations.

The WVPBRN generally uses the West Virginia University Institutional Review Board (IRB), with reciprocal IRB agreements with Marshall University, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Charleston Area Medical Center. Investigators may follow their local IRB policies regarding use of the data.

To learn more about the WVPBRN, visit http://www.wvctsi.org/programs/community- engagement-outreach/practice-based-research-network/

For additional information or questions, contact:


Angie DeWitt
Network Coordinator