This webinar provided medical specialty society members with an overview of some of the opportunities that PCORI’s recent funding initiatives provide for practicing clinicians to play a critical role in comparative effectiveness research (CER).

The webinar highlighted two key PCORI initiatives: PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, and PCORI’s Pragmatic Clinical Studies Initiative. Both offer a range of opportunities for participation by and partnerships among clinical research scientists and practicing clinicians and clinician organizations in advancing CER. These include:

  • Helping to formulate research questions.
  • Helping to design a study so it can be integrated into routine clinic/office operations.
  • Specifying ways to minimize disruption to study participants’ daily routines.
  • Capitalizing on existing electronic health records and other computerized information systems.
  • Identifying and recruiting eligible patients.
  • Monitoring how studies are being conducted and ensuring patient safety.
  • Collecting study outcomes information and disseminating study findings.

PCORnet is a developing national resource that will contain privacy-protected data from millions of electronic medical records and other sources to enhance the efficiency of CER. Once operational, PCORnet will be open to use by research teams not directly affiliated with the partner organizations through collaborative arrangements.

The webinar also shared information on PCORI’s recently released $90 million call for proposals to conduct pragmatic clinical studies and large simple trials. Funded projects are expected to take place within typical clinical care and community settings. Proposals must demonstrate active participation by relevant groups, such as professional societies and patient groups.

Topics of priority interest for this funding opportunity address health challenges identified as key concerns to clinicians as well as patients and other community stakeholders.

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Meeting Materials