PCORI funds research that offers patients and caregivers the information they need to make important healthcare decisions. Our scientific research portfolio is divided among five main programs that reflect our National Priorities for Research. Each program issues PCORI Funding Announcements that may be either broad calls for applications or targeted to specific topics. These programs also participate in the selection of awards and oversee the projects as they progress.
In addition, the Evaluation and Analysis program supports other groups by integrating their activities and providing evaluation expertise, while the Engagement Program seeks to give patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders opportunities for meaningful involvement in all our activities.
PCORI aims to facilitate assessments of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options to help patients and those who care for them make the best care decisions based on reliable information about the options' potential benefits and harms. Our Clinical Effectiveness Research (CER) program funds and manages CER initiatives across a broad range of clinical conditions and patient populations. [Read More]
Through its Improving Healthcare Systems program, PCORI focuses on comparing approaches that healthcare systems take to improving the safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timing, efficiency, equitability, and accessibility of care and healthcare practice. The program funds and manages research studies to provide essential knowledge to healthcare stakeholders and leaders. [Read More]
To make the best choices for disease prevention, diagnosis, or treatment, patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders need access to accurate information about the potential benefits and harms of each option. The Communication and Dissemination Research program focuses on comparing approaches to providing CER information, empowering people to ask for and use the information, and supporting shared decision making between patients and their providers. [Read More]
PCORI's Addressing Disparities program funds and manages projects designed to reduce or eliminate health disparities, while paying special attention to care delivery and outcomes. Disparities in health and healthcare quality and outcomes can be based on various factors, such as race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, which contribute to poor quality of care and overall health outcomes for specific populations. [Read More]
PCORI aims to accelerate patient-centered outcomes research and methodological research, in part by increasing the nation's capacity to conduct such research, building data infrastructure, improving analytic methods, and training researchers, patients, and other stakeholders. Our CER Methods program funds and manages initiatives via two components: supporting research to improve the methods available for patient-centered CER, and creating a large, highly representative electronic-data infrastructure for the conduct of patient-centered outcomes research. [Read More]
In our effort to function as a learning organization and be effective in reaching our goals, we pursue a wide range of evaluation activities. These are organized into a framework, which flows from our strategic and operational plans and incorporates our stakeholders’ perspectives and priorities. The Evaluation and Analysis (E&A) program also integrates the work of the five scientific program areas, which align with our national research priorities, and coordinates scientific activities across other teams. The program focuses on two areas. [Read More]
Bringing together all healthcare stakeholders—with patients at the center—to help set research priorities and evaluate applications is our formula for ensuring we fund and conduct the most relevant research. We believe that inclusion of patients and other stakeholders in the research process, from topic selection through dissemination and implementation of results, will lead to trustworthy and usable information likely to be taken up in practice. [Read More]
Under the auspices of our Research Infrastructure program, we are creating a national network to foster a wide range of observational and experimental comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies. This network, known as PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is designed to find a faster, less expensive, more powerful way to conduct CER to improve the nation’s health and health care. [Read More]
Posted: September 10, 2014; Updated: April 2015