December 4th, 2012
Editor’s note: For more on PCORI and comparative effectiveness research, see the October 2012 issue of Health Affairs,”Current Challenges In Comparative Effectiveness Research.”
Earlier this year, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) satisfied one of its foundational requirements mandated in the Affordable Care Act. With public input, we established national research priorities to guide our work and support our mission of improving health by producing trustworthy information that will help patients make better-informed decisions about their care.
We are implementing those priorities through an ambitious research agenda, expecting to commit up to $96 million in contracts by the end of the year in response to funding announcements we issued in May. That’s on top of $31 million in funding we announced this past spring for our Pilot Projects Program.
Complementing that work, we are engaged with patients and the entire healthcare community to select specific research topics for targeted funding announcements. In particular, we are focused on conditions that occur frequently and impose heavy burdens on patients and their families, where outcomes can be substantially improved through new research.Read the rest of this entry »