WREN’s mission is to promote and conduct primary care research and education in partnership with primary care clinicians and the communities they serve.


WREN will improve health outcomes for the people of Wisconsin and beyond as a model practice-based research network.

Clinic Recognition

We are grateful to the commitment of all the clinics and their staff who voluntarily agree to participate in WREN projects.   Without them we could not conduct the research necessary to make these projects a success.

Size and Scope

WREN was founded in 1987, and is one of the oldest and most respected practice-based research networks in the United States. WREN associates are distributed across 59 communities in 36 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

The WREN Network is comprised of approximately:

  • 400+ members
  • 200 practicing clinicians
  • 80 different clinic sites from 37 healthcare organizations

Full Support Clinics

WREN has relationships with five practices under the full support model. Each full support practice receives assistance in implementing WREN projects as well as administrative support from a WREN Regional Research Coordinator assigned to the practice. Two WREN full support sites are located in Milwaukee; the others are located in Mauston, Richland Center, and Tomah.

In addition to the five full support clinics, WREN has done projects with clinics all across the state.

WREN Reports