Suggest a Patient-Centered Research Question

Every day, patients and people who care for them must make healthcare decisions. They may have to choose between two or more options for preventing, diagnosing or treating a health condition. Or, they might need to decide between doing, or not doing something. For these situations, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was created. PCORI funds research to help patients make the best decisions about their health care.

We at PCORI want to know what healthcare question or decision you may be facing. We want to hear from you. Your input can help us refine our research agenda.

Whether you are a patient with a health condition, a caregiver for someone else, a healthcare professional who wants to improve care for your patients, or a researcher, we invite you to submit a question. In addition to questions about options faced by patients, we also are interested in questions that would help to improve healthcare delivery, address disparities in health care, or improve the communication of research findings (for more information, please see PCORI’s National Priorities for Research).

Suggesting a research question is the first step in a six-part process to identify specific research topics for funding. We will carefully consider each question and, along with patients and other stakeholders, determine which ones we will study as part of our portfolio of patient-centered research.

This will be an ongoing feature on the PCORI website. So, please feel welcome to come back and suggest additional research questions in the future.

  • If yes, please name the disease, behavior or health condition. If no, leave blank and continue.
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  • Thank you for submitting your research question and helping PCORI identify the questions patients and those who care for them want and need answered. Please reference our privacy policy and terms of use to understand how we may use your data.






Posted August 7, 2012; Updated November 6, 2013