Screenshot of PCORI's handout on Notes from the field on rural healthcareCompared to the rest of the nation, rural America bears a disparate burden of healthcare challenges. Americans living in rural areas suffer from higher rates of chronic disease, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and high cholesterol, and have higher rates of disability or death due to unintentional injury. PCORI seeks to reduce such outcomes disparities by funding comparative effectiveness studies that identify the best options for eliminating these problems in ways that answer the questions most important to patients and those who care for them.

Although much is known about the factors leading to disproportionately poorer health outcomes in rural Americans, there is far less evidence about the effectiveness of specific options to address this problem. It is clear, however, that patients, caregivers, clinicians, and the broader healthcare community in rural areas often lack the information needed to make informed healthcare decisions.

Click here to read the full Notes from the Field: Improving Healthcare Outcomes in Rural Settings


Health Conditions Health Conditions These are the broad terms we use to categorize our funded research studies; specific diseases or conditions are included within the appropriate larger category. Note: not all of our funded projects focus on a single disease or condition; some touch on multiple diseases or conditions, research methods, or broader health system interventions. Such projects won’t be listed by a primary disease/condition and so won’t appear if you use this filter tool to find them. View Glossary
Populations Populations PCORI is interested in research that seeks to better understand how different clinical and health system options work for different people. These populations are frequently studied in our portfolio or identified as being of interest by our stakeholders. View Glossary

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