The PCORI Blog

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Building PCORnet as a Secure Platform for Outcomes Research

April 17, 2014 by Joe Selby, MD, MPH

As we’ve begun the 18-month development of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, many people have expressed their excitement about the promise of this ambitious effort.  After all, PCORnet aims to harness the potential of the vast amounts of … Continued


Improving Care through Better Clinician Communication

April 16, 2014 by Kelly Dunham, MPP, and Danielle M. Whicher, PhD, MHS

As part of our mission, PCORI funds research that addresses how clinicians can help patients make the best decisions about their health and healthcare. To provide useful support to patients as they make important choices, clinicians need to communicate effectively … Continued


On Contracts: Submitting a Responsive Application

April 8, 2014 by James Hulbert, Scott Solomon, MBA, Kara Odom Walker, MD, and Tsahai Tafari, PhD

During each of PCORI’s funding cycles, some applications regrettably don’t qualify for our Merit Review process because they do not meet programmatic or administrative requirements. As applicants for our Spring 2014 Cycle of awards complete their full applications, we want … Continued

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PCORI Announces Expert Panel on Rare Disease

March 25, 2014 by Bryan Luce, PhD, MBA

In some ways the term rare disease is a misnomer. As our blog last month on Rare Disease Day noted, rare diseases, taken together, are quite common. Defined as a condition affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States, … Continued

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Establishing PCORI’s Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials

by David Hickam, MD, MPH

A well-designed clinical trial is one of our most reliable tools for determining the comparative effectiveness of various options for preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease. But it’s not always straightforward to achieve the best trial design and identify topics where … Continued

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New Challenge: An App to Build Research Partnerships

March 24, 2014 by Orlando Gonzales, MPA, and Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH

In PCORI-funded projects, we require teamwork. The research team must include not only health researchers but also patients and other healthcare stakeholders who are likely to make use of the findings. We believe that if the research we fund is … Continued

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PCORI Plays Matchmaker

March 19, 2014 by Celeste Brown, MPH, and Sue Sheridan, MIM, MBA

Here at PCORI, we strive to change the way comparative clinical effectiveness research is done, to make it more inclusive of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. As part of that emphasis, we require patient and other healthcare stakeholders to be … Continued

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Tracking Progress Toward Our Strategic Goals

March 11, 2014 by Joe Selby, MD, MPH

Like many large organizations with challenging and complex missions, we at PCORI are guided in our work by a strategic plan, a roadmap to fulfilling our mandate to fund and disseminate comparative effectiveness research that results in better-informed health and … Continued