The STAR CRN, a member of PCORnet – the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, encompasses ten health systems servicing three main regions: 1) Vanderbilt University Medical Center(VUMC), 2) the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN), 3) Meharry Medical College (MMC), 4) Duke University Health System, 5) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 6) Wake Forest Baptist Health, 7) Health Sciences of South Carolina, and 8) Mayo Clinic, headquartered in Minnesota. 9) Essentia Health, and 10) Standford University School of Medicine. With data on over 15 million patients, the STAR CRN network consists of academic health centers, community hospitals and a range of outpatient practices including primary care, specialty practices and safety net facilities that serve diverse populations. Through this network, we have access to a broad array of clinical data, informatics tools, patients, providers, and systems to address an array of research questions. The objective of our CRN is to robustly support comparative effectiveness studies, pragmatic clinical trials, health system innovation, and the other research needs of our stakeholders and partners. Our network is particularly focused on research to improve health in the southern United States which has the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and other conditions, as well as significant disparities in health status and health care delivery.
The STAR Stakeholder Engagement Team ( SET) Leads implementation of the people-centered engagement plan; identify and engages a variety of stakeholders (patients, caregivers, clinicians). This group is comprised of members faculty and staff managing stakeholder engagement at CRN-level, site stakeholder engagement reps (i.e., staff or faculty) and designated patient representatives across the institutions in STAR-CRN . They closely collaborate with Stakeholder Advisory Council members and serve to facilitate implementation of stakeholder engagement.
The STAR Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC), consists of patients, community members, and clinicians who help prioritize research opportunities and review all incoming studies to ascertain engagement of patients. Input from stakeholders is used to inform the research design, implementation, analysis, dissemination and/or priority setting. The SAC review of research products entails a quantitative, objective and validated measure of the Person Centeredness of Research ( PCoR) score. This measurement tool is the first of its kind and available to other Networks within STAR for measuring.