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The countdown to the 2021 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting is underway with today’s registration opening. You may not have to book a flight or reserve a hotel, but you still don’t want to wait to reserve your spot at PCORI’s seventh Annual Meeting, which, though virtual, promises to provide attendees the same learning and networking opportunities they have come to expect from PCORI. Registration is free.


PCORI Annual Meeting 2021

This year’s meeting, taking place November 17-19, will focus on how PCORI is leading and influencing the advancement of patient-centered outcomes research and comparative clinical effectiveness research. Dynamic, engaging speakers from across the nation will share their research, experience, and perspective. Presenters will provide updates on how patients, caregivers, and the broader healthcare community are working together to transform health and healthcare delivery.

Plenary and Breakout Sessions Cover a Range of Topics

Five of the six plenary sessions will focus on PCORI’s proposed National Priorities for Health. In partnership with stakeholder groups and individuals, PCORI’s Board of Governors has developed the proposed National Priorities for Health to guide our work and provide the framework for PCORI research funding. The proposed National Priorities include achieving health equity; increasing evidence for existing interventions and emerging innovations in health; and advancing the science of dissemination, implementation, and health communication.

At the sixth plenary session, panelists will discuss lessons learned from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and PCORI’s role in addressing the breadth of challenges stemming from the pandemic through stakeholder-engaged research funding.

Fourteen breakout sessions will examine PCORI’s work to fund research that helps patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and others make better-informed healthcare decisions; highlight efforts to disseminate study results and encourage implementation; and focus on ways to ensure patients and stakeholders are engaged in research. Breakouts will cover:

  • Health equity and disparities, with sessions on identifying sexual and gender minorities; building trust in health research; and reducing maternal morbidity and mortality for Blacks, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and rural populations
  • COVID-19 research, with sessions on COVID-19 and dementia care and the use of electronic health records to improve outcomes
  • Healthcare innovation, with sessions on emerging technologies
  • Engagement in practice, with sessions on engagement measurement and research partnerships

Other breakout sessions will focus on healthy aging, learning health systems, and engaging individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in research.

The Annual Meeting will also highlight programs, tools, and resources PCORI recently developed to support researchers, stakeholder partners, and others who are working to advance patient-centered research and improve health outcomes.

Beyond the Breakouts: Posters, Booths, and Health Hub

Between sessions, attendees can head to the poster hall for a virtual poster session featuring more than 40 PCORI-funded researchers and participants highlighting results, activities, and lessons learned. 

Attendees are encouraged to spend time talking with PCORI staff about upcoming awards, engagement opportunities, job openings, and more at Annual Meeting booths.

Be sure not to miss visiting the health hub which features on-demand videos to help clear your mind, get energized, and reset your focus between sessions.

And each day, plan to swing by the virtual networking lounge for opportunities to chat with colleagues and friends and continue plenary and breakout conversations.

PCORI leaders and staff look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Annual Meeting.

Come join us.

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