Bringing Together Patients and Researchers
Our opening plenary session will look at real-world approaches to making patients’ needs and values into meaningful elements of health research and care. That will be followed by an exploration of how the healthcare landscape is evolving to become more patient-centered and how the kind of work we support can move that process along. We’ll then do a deep dive into how patient-centered CER can help us address one our nation’s most pressing healthcare challenges—caring for people with multiple chronic conditions. And we’ll close with a plenary that gets to the heart of what we do: changing the culture of research itself by bringing together stakeholders from across the healthcare community to help drive more useful, relevant research about what works best for individual patients.
Throughout the meeting, speakers will update attendees on the patient-centered CER studies and related projects we support—with more than $1.5 billion to date. Those discussions will include results that are starting to emerge from our earliest-funded studies, as well as promising reports of progress in other projects.
Community Building for Research Done Differently
Beyond that, we see this meeting as an opportunity to further grow and nurture the community that all of us—researchers, patients, caregivers, clinicians, insurers, employers, industry representatives, and others—work together to build. That community building supports our core commitment to “research done differently.”
We offer a big round of applause to everyone who helped organize this meeting. We are especially appreciative of the Steering Committee made up of representatives of the many stakeholder groups we serve.
But our biggest thanks go to the members of the healthcare community who work with us, year in and year out, as we pursue our shared mission. These are the people who help us select the most important patient-centered research questions to study; review the proposals we receive for funding; serve as researchers, patients, or other stakeholder partners on funded studies; or generously donate their time as study participants. We know that we couldn’t do our work without them.