We need scientists, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders who are passionate and committed to act as reviewers for PCORI.
During our August 2013 Merit Review Cycle, we began to use standing panelists to evaluate applications submitted to our five national research priority areas. Standing panelists are an important part of our review process, however, we will continue to welcome applicants—scientists, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders, including payers, employers, industry and health system representatives, clinicians, and policy makers—to be sure we continue to incorporate new perspectives into our merit review process.
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Scientists, patients, and other healthcare stakeholder reviewers are highly valued members of the PCORI community. Reviewers are essential to helping PCORI fulfill its mission and to fund research that is both scientifically rigorous and truly patient centered. As part of “research done differently,” PCORI includes patients, caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders in reviewing funding applications.
On Merit Review Panels, scientific, patient, and other stakeholder reviewers are represented and each reviewer’s scores are equally weighted to ensure that patient and other stakeholder perspectives are heard. All reviewers assess the applications against a special set of distinctly PCORI—and patient-centered—criteria.