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Executive Director’s Corner

January 23, 2012

This is a historic day for PCORI. Today, we have posted and will begin receiving public comment on our first draft National Priorities for Research and our initial Research Agenda.  These represent PCORI’s current thinking on the questions that must be addressed so that patients can work with their clinicians and caregivers to make better and more personalized health care decisions.

We are now seeking your opinion on whether these draft priorities and research agenda capture the areas where more evidence is needed to support decision-making. You can let us know by providing your comments and responding to our survey here: http://www.pcori.org/survey/priorities-agenda/

In addition to the survey, we will be holding additional forums during the comment period (January 23-March 15) , including focus groups in cities across the country and a National Patient and Stakeholder Dialogue in Washington, D.C., on February 27, which anyone can participate in either in person or via webcast.

All of the input we receive will be reviewed and used to revise the draft priorities and agenda before they are adopted. Once the initial priorities and agenda are adopted, we will issue PCORI’s first funding announcements for primary research in May.  We will be working closely and continuously with all stakeholders to identify specific areas and questions within the agenda where PCORI’s research can have the greatest impact.

This is an iterative process and PCORI is a learning organization. In the coming months, we will ask the community to think boldly about research projects across all five of our draft priority areas. We’ll expect to further refine our agenda as we go, based on community input.

We look forward to your feedback as we build on the work of others to craft a highly relevant, patient-centered research agenda.

Joe V. Selby, M.D., M.P.H
Executive Director, PCORI