Duke Primary Care Research Consortium (PCRC)

image_previewThe PCRC is a primary care research network for academic, community, Veteran’s Affairs (VA), and managed-care practices within the Duke Health System and surrounding communities. PCRC includes 25 practices in 8 counties in North Carolina, which represents more than 150 primary-care clinicians caring for more than 250,000 patients, with access to a total population of 1.2 million. Since 1997, the PCRC has conducted over 50 studies enrolling more than 3000 patients.

Our mission is to operate a community-based research network with guidance from an academic medical center, namely the Duke Health System.

Our goals are to:

  • Perform trials that will improve health care delivery and patient outcomes
  • Provide educational opportunities for clinicians to maintain clinical skills and develop new skills in performing research
  • Support clinician participation in clinical research through a central administrative office and trained study coordinators
  • Generate research to support the practice of evidence-based medicine

Site and Study Coordination

The PCRC aids in site access across therapeutic areas for trials involving ambulatory patients with both chronic and acute disease.
Our model consists of a group of dedicated research nurses trained by the network office. PCRC Project Management ensures that study milestones are completed according to timelines. PCRC coordinates contract and financial services for all network practices. Use of this model ensures quality data collection, enhances allocation of site personnel, and protects sites from fiscal responsibility for a full-time study coordinator position.
The PCRC can act solely as a site network for multicenter trials or offer trial coordination of various levels via the DCRI.

Contact Information


Adult studies:
Rowena Dolor, MD, MHS, Executive Director

Dr. Dolor came to the DCRI in 1996 after receiving her medical training at Duke University School of Medicine, including residency and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine. Dr. Dolor is the director of the Primary Care Research Consortium (PCRC), a network of primary-care practices in the Duke University Health System and outlying communities. She has helped lead a number of medical, surgical, and outcomes studies, including the CAFFS trial, which determined the outcomes of treating recurrent sinus infections with nasal steroids. The PCRC has participated in over 40 industry- and investigator-initiated studies on hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, otitis, obesity, diabetes, depression, anticoagulation, and vaccines.
Dr. Dolor is an assistant professor in the internal medicine division and an associate in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. Her research interests are primary care clinical and outcomes research.

emmuanuelPediatric studies:
Chip Walter, MD, MPH, Associate Director

Dr. Walter joined the DCRI in 1998 as Associate Director of the Primary Care Research Consortium, a network of primary care practices in the Duke University Health System. He also holds dual appointments within Duke University Medical Center as Director of the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Unit and an associate professor of primary care pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. Dr. Walter came to Duke from the University of Maryland, where he earned his medical degree and worked as an associate in pediatrics.
Dr. Walter’s research focuses on general pediatrics, pediatric infectious diseases, and vaccines. He also coordinates a clinic that cares for children who travel abroad and for children who have been adopted internationally.

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