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42 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 9 A commonly cited question to researchers or massage therapists involved in research from other massage therapists is, "How can I be involved in research?" As an author of the therapeutic massage and bodywork adapted case report (CARE) guidelines, my usual initial response to that question is to write and publish a case report. 1 While I stand by this answer (case reports are a great "gateway" to research), I realize that writing a case report is not enough for many individual massage therapists to scratch their research itch. More importantly, case reports are not enough for the massage therapy field to hang their hat on as the main avenue for massage-practice–generated research. The Somatic Research column tends to focus on a specific, recently published research article, but in this issue, I'd like to take a different approach and explore the concept of practice- based research networks (PBRNs) and practice-based research generally, and point readers to a variety of sources, resources, and articles to allow potential engagement in research activities beyond writing case reports. Practice-based research networks derive from and mainly reside within the primary care and family medicine realm. At its foundation, a PBRN is a group of practices and/or practitioners with common health-care foci who work together to answer practice- and community-related questions. In addition, PBRNs work together to translate findings from research into practice, participate in quality improvement activities, and promote through practice an evidence-based culture in the interest of patient/client/individual/community care and health. From the founding and traditional perspective, PBRNs are made up of practices and clinicians within the health-care system's primary care delivery cadre, focused education SOMATIC RESEARCH Practice-Based Research Networks The Increased Potential for Massage Therapist Engagement with the Growing Massage Evidence Foundation By Niki Munk, PhD There is a plethora of information available online through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality about PBRNs. 2 Readers interested in immersing themselves in the core aspects of PBRNs from the primary care perspective are encouraged to access and explore these resources.

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