About the South Texas Psychiatric Network

Our goal is to develop the research infrastructure for generating practical, timely information that can be used by psychiatrists to enhance the quality and efficacy of mental health care. The network will conduct research using psychiatrists from the San Antonio region as well as the lower Rio Grande Valley operating within their own practices, in their own communities, and on their own patient pools.

A Brief History of the Network
The South Texas Psychiatric PBRN was founded by Dr. Cervando Martinez, the Medical Director of the University Health System Outpatient Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Clinic planning and development of the South Texas Psychiatric Practice-Based Research Network (STP PBRN) began in August 2009 when 8 psychiatrists met at Laurel Ridge and agreed to form a research network and to conduct a rapid trial study on negative reactions to patients to determine whether the network could function effectively. Since the original study was conducted, a second more detailed study on difficult patients was completed, another study on SSRI effectiveness and early-onset alcoholism is near completion, and a pilot study on developing and evaluating a tablet-based agenda setting tool to enhance psychiatric follow-up visits is currently being implemented. In addition to the aforementioned studies, the South Texas Psychiatry PBRN is considering conducting a study on polypharmacy decision making.

The network has now grown into an organization of community clinicians who collaborate together with UTHSCSA researchers and is composed of 73 individual psychiatrists located in South Texas. It has a versatile membership of adult, child and even forensic Psychiatrists.  To our knowledge this network is one of the few, if not the only, local Psychiatric research network in the United States.  Please browse the website for more details about the Network’s meetings, research priorities and to learn how you can become part of this fast growing and exciting opportunity to generate research that matters in the field of Psychiatry!

 

Top Research Priorities

  • Poly-Pharmacy
  • Treatment of Bipolar Depression
  • Suicide: Prevalence, Incidence and Management
  • Field site for the DSM V
  • Incidence of serotonin syndrome
  • Use of low preference drugs due to restrictions