Methods matter when it comes to producing valid, trustworthy, and useful information that will lead to better healthcare decisions and, ultimately, improved patient outcomes. Our authorizing legislation charged us with developing and improving the science and methods of patient-centered outcomes research and comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER).
Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research is one of PCORI’s five national priorities for research. This priority focuses on improving methods regarding the design and conduct of clinical studies, thereby improving the nation’s capacity to conduct patient-centered CER.
The CER Methods program funds and manages initiatives related to this priority. The program has three main aims. First, it works in conjunction with the PCORI Methodology Committee, established by our authorizing legislation, to produce methodological standards for patient-centered CER and identify methodological gaps relevant to the conduct of that research. The resulting standards—articulated in the PCORI Methodology Report—support the conduct of methodologically robust patient-centered CER that is responsive to the needs of the potential users of the research results.
Second, the program funds and manages high-impact methodological research addressing gaps identified by the PCORI Methodology Committee and PCORI’s partners and stakeholders. We are particularly interested in funding methodological work that is directly relevant to other PCORI investments, such as PCORnet and our Pragmatic Clinical Studies initiative.
Third, the program works to disseminate and facilitate the adoption of new methods—both within PCORI-funded research and more broadly across patient-centered CER.
Posted: September 10, 2014; Updated: August 10, 2016