SaxoForN – Transregionales allgemeinmedizinisches Forschungspraxennetz Dresden und Frankfurt am Main: Konzept einer innovativen Forschungspraxeninfrastruktur

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Establishing primary care research networks (PCRNs) makes it easier to conduct clinical trials and health services research in a general-practice setting. Since February 2020, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has sponsored the development of six PCRNs and a coordination unit throughout Germany, with the aim of setting up a sustainable outpatient research infrastructure to raise the quantity and quality of primary care.The present article describes the design of a PCRN in Dresden and Frankfurt am Main - SaxoForN - and explains its structure and how it operates. The network is a transregional alliance between the two regional PCRNs named "SaxoN" (Dresden/Saxony) and "ForN" (Frankfurt am Main/Hesse), both of which run transregional and local research projects. For this purpose, joint standards and harmonized structures, for example with respect to the data infrastructure, qualifications, participation, and accreditation, were agreed upon and implemented at both sites.A critical success factor will be whether and to what extent the standards and structures, as well as resource planning, can be designed sustainably enough to permit the PCRNs to carry out high-quality research over the long term. To achieve this, the PCRNs will have to attract new practices and build up lasting relationships with them, qualify the research practices in order to standardize processes as far as possible, and regularly document their basic information and healthcare data.

Translated title of the contribution
SaxoForN-a transregional primary care research network in Dresden and Frankfurt am Main
Design of a practice-based research infrastructure


Original languageGerman
Article number66
Pages (from-to)1042-1050
Number of pages9
JournalBundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

External IDs

PubMedCentral PMC10264090
Scopus 85169172971
WOS 001008620800001
ORCID /0009-0007-6620-3782/work/143497793


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  • Germany, Health Services Research, Delivery of Health Care, Primary Health Care, Qualification, Clinical trials, Outpatient care, Primary care, Health services research, Clinical trials, Health services research, Outpatient care, Primary care, Qualification