Today, patients have more healthcare options than ever before. Making the best choices for disease prevention, diagnosis, or treatment requires a critical assessment of the potential benefits and harms of each option.
These depend in part on a patient's personal characteristics, conditions, and preferences. Patients, caregivers, and clinicians often face crucial decisions while lacking key information.
Many are not aware of the uncertainty associated with specific healthcare choices, the value of comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), and CER findings relevant to their healthcare decisions.
Communication and Dissemination Research (CDR) is one of PCORI’s five national priorities for research.
This priority 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.
The CDR program funds and manages projects, related to this priority, that address critical knowledge gaps in the communication and dissemination process—both communication and dissemination of research results to patients, their caregivers, and clinicians and communication between patients, caregivers, and clinicians.
Our goal is to enable patients and caregivers to make the best possible choices among available options for care and treatment.
Some additional areas of interest to the CDR program are communication skills of patients and healthcare providers, clinician’s attitudes toward CER and shared medical decision making, translation of existing research findings into accessible formats, communication of risk information, approaches to distributing CER results to patients and healthcare providers, and the influence of social media on patient’s healthcare knowledge and behavior.
Posted: September 10, 2014; Updated: December 13, 2016