Traditional clinical research has focused heavily on determining the efficacy of interventions, and many clinical guidelines have been developed to guide health care providers based on these findings. Unfortunately, these studies are often carried out in settings, such as large academic health centers with homogenous patient populations and intensive human and financial support, that do not adequately reflect the lived, on-the-ground experiences of diverse health care providers, their practices and their patients. Therefore, many promising interventions are unworkable at the local, community-practice level.
The OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium was developed to address the need to determine the effectiveness of interventions and to support the translation of research findings to the community practices of Florida. Its central aim is to facilitate a multi-way exchange of information among academic health research teams, community practices and patients and thereby accelerate the translation of health care research findings to diverse health care settings across the state.
Currently, OneFlorida is led by the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute and includes the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Miami as partners. The consortium’s partners encompass 22 hospitals, 416 clinic settings and 3,250 physician providers, which provide care for more than 10 million patients across Florida’s 67 counties. Together, OneFlorida partners cover 39 percent of the patient population in what will soon be the nation’s third largest state, including three majority-minority metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami) and rural practices throughout the state.
Benefits to Participating in the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium
The OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium values its providers as essential partners in working toward improving health, health care and health policy in the state of Florida. In addition to contributing to OneFlorida CRC administration during key stakeholder meetings, providers will receive support in implementing proven research findings into their practices, including training, funding and troubleshooting support. A practice facilitator will be assigned to each provider’s office to assist practices in implementing quality improvement and research projects.
In addition to serving as an investigator on the research project(s) your practice participates in, providers will also be provided with pre-developed Continuing Medical Education modules that complement the project’s interventions. Credit towards your professional licensing will be received for participating in this training. For some projects, Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 Credits will be awarded for participation.
Interested in becoming involved? Please email OneFloridaOperations@health.ufl.edu for any questions you may have.