National Interdisciplinary Primary Care Network

Welcome to the National Interdisciplinary Primary Care (NIPC) practice-based research network (PBRN). 

NIPC was established in 2007 and officially registered as a Practice-Based Research Network with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on January 29, 2008.  NIPC PBRN is the first primary care PBRN in the U.S. with clinical pharmacists at all practice sites (mean 1.7 pharmacists per clinic).  Clinical pharmacists in the network spend an average of 4.5 half-days in the patient care setting, providing clinics in the NIPC PBRN with pharmacist coverage 76% of the time.  Clinical pharmacy services have been in place within some of the practice sites for over 25 years, and many pharmacists have been practicing in their respective site for more than 15 years.  A wide variety of practitioners enhance patient care within the NIPC PBRN practice sites.  Participating clinics have a mean of 11 attending physicians, 22 resident physicians, 7 nurses, 6 medical assistants, 0.8 nurse practitioners, 0.8 physician assistants, 0.7 psychologists, 0.6 social workers, 0.4 dietitians, and 0.2 patient educators.

The mission of NIPC PBRN is to study interdisciplinary team-based care of chronic medical conditions, with emphasis on the development of strategies to improve national guideline adherence.   NIPC PBRN is a national network of primary care clinicians and academicians dedicated to improving the quality of health care for chronic medical conditions.  NIPC PBRN is headquartered at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in Iowa City, IA and is under the leadership of Barry Cater, PharmD.  Included primary care practice sites are located in California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. 

Contact Us

Contact Us
Phone: 319-335-8456
Fax: 319-335-9511
e-mail: barry-carter@uiowa.edu

Barry Carter, NIPC Director
UI College of Pharmacy
115 S Grand Ave, S558
Iowa City, IA 52242-1112