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WesTRN Practice-Based Research Network

Western Research NetworkThe Mission of the West Texas Research Network (WesTRN) is to improve the health of the West Texas community, to improve family physician training, to investigate the translation of scientific discoveries into practical applications, and to contribute to our region's scientific and educational knowledge base through collaborative research and scholarly activities.  WesTRN links the campuses of the Department of Family & Community Medicine at TTUHSC in Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and Odessa, allowing for the development of multi-site projects that address common issues across campuses and regions, including practice-based primary care research, medical education, and high-quality patient care.  As of February 2008, WesTRN has undertaken two projects, Using podcasting to deliver diabetes teaching to family medicine residents, and Surveillance of Health in Sentinel Populations 2006, which have led to six presentations at national scholarly meetings and one article submitted for publication, plus presentation and grant projects generated by WesTRN initiatives.

WesTRN is primarily supported by the Department of Family & Community Medicine.  However, WestRN received a seed grant of $18,000 from the Texas Tech Center for Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in 2006 to support the original podcasting initiative.  Additional funds to support podcasting efforts have been received from the D.W. Reynolds Foundation, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Lubbock Osteopathic Fund.

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WesTRN Publications & Presentations

Zhang Y, Jones BG, Spalding M, Young R, Ragain, RM. Use of the internet for health information among primary care patients in rural and border areas of West Texas. Accepted for publication by Southern Medical Journal, February 2009.  (in press).

Zhang, Yan PhD; Jones, Betsy EdD; Ragain, Mike MD; Spalding, Mary MD; Mannschreck, Dannen MD; Young, Rodney MD (2008). Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Primary Care Patients in West Texas. Southern Medical Journal. 101(12):1232-1237, December 2008.

Zhang Y, Jones BG, Ragain RM, Young R, Spalding.  Building a Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network: Assessment and Lessons Learned.  Poster on Research in Progress. 36th Annual North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Conference, San Juan, PR, November 2008.

Zhang Y, Jones BG, Ragain RM, Young RB, Spalding MC, Mannschreck D. Exploration of the relationship between health behaviors and health confidence.  American Academy of Health Behavior.  October 2008.

Zhang Y, Jones BG, Spalding M, Ragain RM, Young R, Mannschreck D, Allison, J.  Factors Related to Internet Use for Medical Information. AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Orlando, June 3-5, 2007.

Zhang Y, Jones BG, Spalding M, Ragain RM, Young R, Mannschreck D, Allison, J An Exploration of Complementary & Alternative Medicine Usage Among Primary Care Patients. AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Orlando, June 3-5, 2007.

Cook RC, Jones BG, Ragain, RM, Spalding M, Young R, Mannscreck, D, Allison J, Mitchell JJ, Lutherer LO, Tenner T, Williams S. Using podcasting to deliver diabetes teaching to family medicine residents. Poster, Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators and Association for Hospital Medical Education 2007 Annual Spring Institute, Marco Island, Florida, May 2007.

Jones BG, Ragain, RM, Cook RC, Spalding M, Young R, Mannscreck, D, Allison J, Mitchell JJ, Lutherer LO, Tenner T, Williams S. Using podcasting to deliver diabetes teaching to family medicine residents. Poster, American Association of Medical Colleges Annual Conference, Seattle, November 2006.

Jones BG, Ragain RM (and others). Using Podcasting to Deliver Diabetes Teaching to Family Medicine Residents,.  Poster on Research in Progress, 2006 NAPCRG Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona, October 15-18, 2006.

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