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Introduction to:. National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Support: U19-DE-22516. What is a dental practice-based research network (PBRN)?. A Nationwide, grassroots effort from practitioners Asking and answering questions important to daily practice

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Introduction to:

National Dental Practice-Based Research Network

Support: U19-DE-22516

What is a dental practice-based research network (PBRN)?

  • A Nationwide, grassroots effort from practitioners

  • Asking and answering questions important to daily practice

  • Having an impact on the quality of care we deliver

  • Sharing experiences and expertise

  • Designed to gather real world evidence

Rigorous but not relevant

Funding for the Network

  • Funded by The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

  • NIDCR is one of the National Institutes of Health in the US Department of Health & Human Services

National Dental PBRN2012-2019

  • Our Mission

    • To improve oral health by conducting dental practice-based research and by serving dental professionals through education and collegiality

  • Our Aim

    • Practical science done about, in, and for the benefit of real world clinical practice


  • Levels of participation

    • Informational: latest news and study results

    • Limited: questionnaire studies

    • Full: questionnaire studies and in-office research

  • You decide which studies you want to participate in

How you can be engaged

  • Generating ideas for studies

  • Developing study design

  • Input on data collection forms

  • Data collection

  • Presentations

    • Local › Regional › National

  • Manuscript preparation

    • Co-authoring journal articles/abstracts

Benefits of Joining

  • Free membership and CE

  • Improving:

    • the quality of dental care and oral health of patients

    • knowledge and techniques that benefit your practice

  • Add excitement to your practice for you, your staff and your patients

  • Make a difference in dentistry!

What to Expect

  • Research opportunities will be announced via:

    • Email

    • Mailings

    • Personal calls

  • Interested in a study?

    • Contact a Regional Coordinator (RC)

      • RC will enroll you into the study

      • RC will ensure the proper paperwork and training are completed before you begin

  • Remuneration for questionnaires and in-office studies

    Dissemination of Results

  • Webinars

  • Publications

  • Regional and National meetings

  • Mail-outs

Annual Meetings: An Opportunity to Interact with other Members

  • Attend annual meetings of practitioner-investigators

    • Held in each region

    • ‘Talk shop’ with fellow practitioners

  • Hear or give presentations on research projects

  • Serve on committees that help guide the direction of the network and its research

Stay Connected with the Network






Southwest RegionArizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Contact information

Thomas W Oates


Rahma Mungia


Stephanie Reyes*


Sarah Theisen


SW Region National Dental PBRN

STRF MC 8258

8403 Floyd Curl Dr

San Antonio, TX 78229

* Main contact

Thomas Oates

Regional Director

Rahma Mungia

Regional Deputy Director

Stephanie Reyes*

Regional Coordinator

Sarah Theisen

Regional Coordinator

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