The PCORI Blog


Large Pragmatic Studies Funding Announcement Adds More Priority Topics

August 18, 2014 by Stanley Ip, MD, and David Hickam, MD, MPH

Early this year, we initiated a program to expand our support of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). We are looking to fund real-world, large-scale trials designed to address critical questions faced by patients, caregivers, clinicians, and delivery systems. We want these … Continued


How PCORI Supports Community Health Centers

August 11, 2014 by Lynn D. Disney, PhD, JD, MPH, Sarah Greene, MPH, and Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS

The second week in August is National Health Center Week, dedicated to raising public awareness of community health centers and their mission to deliver affordable, accessible, high-quality care to underserved populations. Community health centers may be located in public housing … Continued


Engagement Funding: New and Continuing Opportunities

July 22, 2014 by Lia Hotchkiss, MPH

Our Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards are designed to help build a national community of patients, caregivers, clinicians, researchers, and other healthcare stakeholders who will advance patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER). Involvement of this community in the research process … Continued


On Contracts: We Hear You—How Applicant Feedback Will Improve Our New Funding Cycle

July 15, 2014 by James Hulbert, Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, and Tsahai Tafari, PhD

Our Fall 2014 Funding Cycle will open on August 6 with the posting of five broad PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). In preparing those PFAs, we used the feedback received from previous applicants to improve and simplify the application process and provide greater clarity on the topics we are most interested in funding. This should help you … Continued


Patients and Other Healthcare Stakeholders Are Experts, Too

by Tsahai Tafari, PhD, and Suzanne Schrandt, JD

PCORI’s core mission is to fund research that involves patients not just as subjects but as partners at every step. In PCORI’s approach, patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders help investigators to conceive research questions, conduct the research, disseminate findings, … Continued


Moving Forward: The Next Steps for PCORI’s Methodology Standards

July 14, 2014 by David Hickam, MD, MPH and Katie Rader

Good methods are essential for producing high-quality patient-centered clinical comparative effectiveness research (CER), and improving these methods is a key imperative outlined in PCORI’s Strategic Plan. Indeed, the PCORI Methodology Committee is charged in our authorizing legislation with working to … Continued


Big Data: Opportunities for Patients to Shape Health Research

July 10, 2014 by Joe Selby, MD, MPH

I’ve told you a fair bit in recent months about PCORnet, our national patient-centered clinical research network initiative. This project seeks to harness the power of large amounts of health data, including from electronic health records and information reported by … Continued


PCORI Advisory Panels Spring Meeting Recap

July 3, 2014 by Bryan Luce, PhD, MBA, Katie Lewis, MPH, Lauren Holuj, MHA, Sandi Myers, Jana-Lynn Louis, MPH, Rachel Melo, Emma Djabali

PCORI’s six multi-stakeholder advisory panels bring voices from across the healthcare community into our work. The panels all met in Alexandria, Virginia, from April 28 to May 1. This was the first meeting for our two new panels (Advisory Panels … Continued

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Two New Advisory Panels Set Initial Priorities

July 1, 2014 by Emma Djabali, Bryan Luce, PhD, MBA

We recently welcomed two new multi-stakeholder advisory panels as they met for the first time. We rely on our advisory panels to bring their experience and expertise from across the healthcare community to guide us as we decide what research … Continued