Dartmouth Primary Care Cooperative Research Network (Dartmouth COOP)
The Dartmouth NNE COOP is sponsored by the Department of Community & Family Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the University of Vermont, and Maine Medical Center. As a voluntary, cooperative network of independent clinicians (community-based), The COOP has helped develop and refine a model for rapidly assessing and improving care. COOP members collaborate with academic researchers to improve the outcomes focus of care and develop methods that work in busy community-practice settings. The COOP demonstrates how to integrate measurement of patient values, clinical improvement strategies, and research objectives into day-to-day health care delivery.
The goals of the Dartmouth COOP Project are to:
- Provide professional stimulation and collegial communication and interaction among physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and PhD researchers
- Conduct cooperative research in primary care
- Improve the primary care services and office management techniques
- Sponsor continuing education and training for health professionals