On December 18, 2012, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announced that it had approved 25 awards, totaling $40.7 million, to fund patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER) over the next three years. The awardees were selected from nearly 500 applications submitted in response to the PCORI funding announcements (PFA) released earlier this year. The awards will support four of the five areas of focus outlined in PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda, including:
- Assessing different prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options;
- Improving health care systems;
- Comparing approaches to communication and dissemination of CER information; and
- Addressing and potentially eliminating disparities across patient populations.
A PFA for proposals under PCORI’s fifth priority area, Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research, was issued in November, with proposals due March 13, 2013. PCORI also plans to start issuing calls for proposals to study specific research topics in early 2013.
The awards were approved by PCORI’s Board of Governors through a competitive, multi-stage review process. Applications were evaluated on scientific merit, engagement of patients and other stakeholders, methodological rigor and fit within PCORI’s research priorities and research agenda. The projects approved for funding include those that will study ways to improve care for people with such health problems as bacterial and viral infections, cardiovascular disease and stroke, certain cancers, chronic kidney disease, chronic pain, depression and other serious mental illness, and pediatric diabetes, as well cross-cutting proposals investigating how to improve care for people with multiple conditions. Other projects seek ways to improve patient-clinician communication, reduce selected health disparities, and improve the way healthcare systems operate.
PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization created by Congress in the 2010 federal health reform law to fund CER that will enable patients, their caretakers, clinicians, and other system stakeholders to make more informed health care decisions.