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Do you have a clinical question that would aid in developing a research idea or project?

The West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network (WVPBRN) is rolling out their 5th annual Collective Outreach & Research Engagement (CORE) Survey. The WVPBRN is a group of primary care clinicians and practices, who have partnered with research entities within the West Virginia Clinical & Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI), which work together to answer community-based healthcare questions and translate research findings into meaningful everyday practice across West Virginia (WV). Released on a yearly basis, the CORE Survey is an opportunity to gain knowledge about a topic or question in primary care settings.

Similar in design to the nationwide CERA Survey, the CORE Survey is a compilation of questions from multiple clinicians and/or investigators, relating to a wide variety of primary care topics in WV. Clinicians and/or researchers may apply to the WVPBRN to have their questions included in the annual survey. The WVPBRN will carefully review and select the top submitted questions - not to exceed 30 questions total - that are of the most relevance and interest to Network members. For an example list of CERA Survey articles, visit CERA Scholarly Activity.

The WVPBRN will send the CORE Survey to members in March 2022.

Clinicians and/or investigators who are selected for the survey will have exclusive access to their portion of the results, within 30 days after the conclusion of the survey. The results are shared with the investigator first to allow for publishing and proposal development. The Network can access the survey data after 120 days of survey completion.

Those selected for the CORE survey will be asked to present their data at the WVPBRN 2022 Annual Retreat in the spring.


The goal of this survey resource is to:

  • Reduce the number of surveys members are asked to complete
  • Provide mentoring and partnership opportunities between the Network and researchers
  • Collect pilot data for upcoming submissions to the Network
  • Increase quality and frequency of published medical research

If you are considering submitting questions, please contact Jennifer Lukas at If you have questions or are unsure if you’re on the right track, feel free to reach out for a consultation.

Application Process

You must be a member of the WVPBRN and/or the WVCTSI to submit a proposal. Applications must be submitted via email as a single PDF, 1-page document – front & back – by the close of business (5:00 pm EST) on or before the deadline date of Tuesday, January 11th, 2022. Applications should be emailed to Jennifer Lukas at

The 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 proposal
  • Brief description of how this information is relevant and useful to West Virgiina primary care clinics and settings
  • List of intended questions (up to 10 questions, including all sub-parts to questions)

The CORE survey will collect demographic information, in addition to submitted questions. Priority is given to proposals that are most 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.

Proposals & questions will be reviewed based upon the following criteria:

  • WVPBRN topic of interest
  • Significance/relevance to primary care settings
  • Quality of questions written
  • Is it publishable? 
  • Overall quality of submission

Selected project teams 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, please visit:

For additional information or questions, contact:

Jennifer Lukas MPH, MS, CHES®

Research Operations Manager

West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network