Developing and improving the science and methods of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) is a central part of PCORI’s work. Better methods will produce more valid, trustworthy, and useful information that will lead to better healthcare decisions and, ultimately, to improved patient outcomes.
PCORI's Methodology Committee, in accordance with PCORI’s authorizing legislation, submitted to the Board of Governors on May 10, 2012, the first draft PCORI Methodology Report.
After a 54-day public comment period, the report’s draft Methodology Standards were revised and adopted by the Board on November 19, 2012, then published on December 14, 2012. At its November 18, 2013, meeting, the Board of Governors approved minor editorial revisions to the standards. On May 8, 2017, the Board adopted a major revision of the standards, including the addition of a 12th category of standards.
PCORI considers the accomplishment of developing, refining, and finalizing these standards to be a critical step in advancing the field of PCOR. We look forward to working with our many stakeholders to see that these standards become a useful and valued resource for the entire healthcare community. Proposed studies are required to adhere to relevant PCORI methodology standards, as updated in 2017. We recognize that a variety of study designs and analytic methods may contribute valid new knowledge. If a proposed study uses an approach or methods not covered by those standards, it should adhere to other currently accepted best practices. A variety of study designs and analytic methods may contribute valid new knowledge. Learn more
During its November 18, 2013, meeting, PCORI’s Board of Governors accepted the report presented by PCORI’s Methodology Committee, which was revised to address extensive feedback received from the healthcare community during a public comment period that followed the July 2012 release of a draft.
On May 8, 2017, the PCORI Board of Governors adopted a major revision of our Methodology Standards, including the addition of a 12th category of standards. See the updated PCORI Methodology Standards above. The PCORI Methodology Report is undergoing final revisions to reflect the updated standards. Learn more
Articles of Interest
- Getting the Methods Right — The Foundation of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Sherine E. Gabriel, M.D., and Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Ph.D., New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 30, 2012
- Toward Patient-Centered Drug Development in Oncology, Ethan Basch, MD, New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 1, 2013.
- The Randomized Registry Trial — The Next Disruptive Technology in Clinical Research?, Michael S. Lauer, MD, and Ralph B. D'Agostino, Sr., PhD, New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 1, 2013.
Posted: September 21, 2013; Updated: May 8, 2017