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An Appalachian Research Network poster has been accepted for presentation in the Research in Progress category at the 2012 North American Primary Care Research Group's Annual Meeting being held December 1-5 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The poster is titled "The Impact of PCP Availability On Primary Care Appointments In Rural Appalachia: An APPNet PBRN Study."  Poster Presenters are Dr. Fred Tudiver, Jeri Ann Basden, Ivy Click, and Lori Francis.





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Mission Statement  

1. To support rural Appalachian Primary Care Providers in improving quality of practices by increasing their access to new technology and tools, best evidence information, and relevant education.

2.  Utilize and nurture the network members for conducting practice-based research focused on Southern Appalachian Primary Care.



Aims and Priorities from the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care  


  • Better Care:  Improve the overall quality, by making health care more patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
  • Healthy People & Communities:  Improve the health of the U.S. population by supporting proven interventions to address behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of health in addition to delivering higher-quality care.
  • Affordable Care:  Reduce the cost of quality health care for individuals, families, employers, and government.

  • Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care.
  • Ensuring that each person and family is engaged as partners in their care.
  • Promoting effective communication and coordination of care.
  • Promoting effective prevention and treatment practices.
  • Working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.


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