Patients, their families, and clinicians face a wide range of complex and often confusing choices when it comes to addressing their health and healthcare concerns. They need trustworthy information to decide which option is best for them.
Unfortunately, traditional medical research, for all of the remarkable advances in care it produces, hasn’t been able to answer many of the questions that patients and their clinicians face daily. And even when reliable information does exist, it’s not always available to patients, or those who care for them, in ways they can understand or use most effectively.
PCORI was established to help address these challenges. Our job is to close the gaps in evidence needed to improve key health outcomes. To do this, we identify critical research questions, fund patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, and disseminate the results in ways that the end-users of our work will find useful and valuable.
For patients, this strategy means we must provide information about which approaches to care might work best, given their particular concerns, circumstances, and preferences. For clinicians, it means we must focus on providing evidence-based information about questions they face daily in practice. For insurers, it means we must produce evidence that can help them make the best decisions on how to improve health outcomes for their members. For researchers, it means we must support for studies designed to build a badly needed base of useful evidence for improving outcomes in high-burden, high-impact conditions.
Posted: September 10, 2014