PCORI seeks to fund projects that address critical knowledge gaps in the communication and dissemination process—both the communication and dissemination of research results to patients, their caregivers, and clinicians, and the communication between patients, caregivers, and clinicians—in the service of enabling patients and caregivers to make the best-possible decisions in choosing among available options for care and treatment.

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Key Dates

Online System Opens
August 15, 2016, 12:00 AM
Letter of Intent Deadline
September 14, 2016, 12:00 AM
Awards Announced
<p><a href="/node/7940">August 15, 2017; 12:00 p.m. (ET)</a></p>

Funds and Project Period

Funds Available Up To

$8 million

Total Direct Costs

$1.5 million

Maximum Project Period

3 years

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Healthy Relationships

Effectively establishing PCOR at institutions is beneficial because it promotes a healthy relationship between institutions and communities and is a key contributor to shifting practices to advance health equity. Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH, who led evaluation aspects of the ASPIRE project at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), has done PCOR in the past where the relationship lasted only as long as a single project.

"As an institution we should have stronger relationships with the community that are not dependent on one investigator. If we have the institutional infrastructure to support this, there is more of a relationship with the institution than just with individuals," Palmer said.

Her team, which also included project lead Tung Nguyen, MD, and project manager Paula Fleisher, MA, leveraged PCORI funding to work with their patient and community stakeholder advisory board and university leaders to establish standards for systematic and equitable engagement. The ASPIRE advisory board, which included patient advisors from underrepresented communities, was especially crucial.

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