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Washington, D.C. – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will bring patients, caregivers, researchers and other healthcare stakeholders together this coming weekend in a workshop designed to start building a patient-centered research community.

The workshop, “Transforming Patient- Centered Research: Building Partnerships and Promising Models,” will be held October 27-28 in Washington, D.C. Attendance is limited to 150 people, but those unable to attend in person can participate in a free webcast and submit questions via email on workshop topics. “Developing new opportunities for collaboration between patients, researchers and others within the healthcare community is central to our goal of improving patient outcomes through rigorous research,” said Sue Sheridan, PCORI’s Director of Patient Engagement. “This workshop is a first step toward doing that. We look forward to working with attendees to generate guiding principles that will ensure our work is patient-centered, from the selection of research topics to the dissemination of results,” Sheridan said. “It is truly research done differently.”

The workshop will help PCORI establish procedures for identifying research questions, reviewing research proposals for funding, and ensuring patient participation throughout the research process. The event is the first of three workshops being held this fall to obtain input from patients, stakeholders, and research methodology experts on PCORI’s process for generating and selecting specific research topics. Once implemented, the process will lead to topic-specific funding announcements that correspond to the priorities outlined in PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda and complement PCORI’s broad Funding Announcements.


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is the nation’s leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). By comparing two or more health or healthcare approaches, CER generates evidence that helps people make better-informed decisions and improves healthcare delivery and outcomes. PCORI takes a holistic approach to its work, ensuring that patients and other health decision makers are engaged as partners throughout the research process, supporting dissemination and implementation of results in practice and strengthening clinical research infrastructure to advance patient-centered CER. PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress.

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