What is the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN)?

ACORN is a practice-based research network (PBRN) organized to conduct research that is meaningful and relevant to primary care. It is a collaborative partnership between primary care practices and a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and other national collaborators.  More than 155 practices from 8 health systems belong to ACORN.  The practices are located throughout Virginia and represent the full spectrum of primary care culture, design, and function, from single provider offices to large multispecialty groups.



ACORN is devoted to evaluating and improving the quality of primary health care. Research results are intended to inform and influence decisions along the continuum of service to patients, from research to practice and policy.


What is a Practice-Based Research Network?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), defines a Practice-Based Research Network as a “group[s] of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based healthcare questions and translate research findings into practice.”    The most essential functions of PBRNs is engaging the community of clinicians and patients in evidence-based quality improvement activities.


How can I join ACORN?

If you want to make primary care better, your practice may want to join ACORN.  Don’t worry if you don’t have experience, time, or resources to do research that is the benefit of joining a practice based research network.  You do what you do best – take care of patients.  The ACORN team can do the research activities so participation won’t interfere with your workflow.

Just email or call Paulette Lail Kashiri to learn more about how your practice can become an ACORN practice.
– Email us at lailkashiri@vcuhealth.org
– Or call us at 804-827-6750