During its September 12, 2017 meeting, the Board approved $97.9 million to fund 11 studies comparing different approaches to improving care for a range of health conditions that impose high burdens on patients, caregivers and the healthcare system.
Among the projects approved was an $8.8 million study on opioid use among patients with chronic pain, assessing whether cognitive behavioral therapy or pain self-management therapy is more effective at alleviating pain and reducing opioid use. The Board also approved $32.8 million for three studies that aim to generate real-world evidence through pragmatic study designs. Read more about these projects.
In addition, the Board approved about $18 million to fund two studies comparing different ways to manage the transition of people with sickle cell disease from pediatric to adult care. Finally, the Board approved about $38 million to fund five studies comparing the effectiveness of different strategies for treating multiple sclerosis.
All PCORI Board meetings are open to the public. This meeting was held via teleconference/webinar with no public comment period.