Selects Baylor College of Medicine and PRIME as Partners to Develop, Administer Activities
For Immediate Release
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
WASHINGTON, DC (April 15, 2015) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today announced plans to offer free continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education (CE) opportunities focused on patient-centered outcomes research. PCORI has selected Baylor College of Medicine and PRIME Education Inc., two accredited and highly experienced CME and CE providers, to serve as partners in this initiative.
The CME and CE activities that PCORI will offer will focus on comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) that centers on the outcomes that matter most to patients and those who care for them. The learning activities will be based on PCORI training material and content, findings from PCORI-funded projects, patient-centered outcomes research, and other subject matter provided or approved by PCORI.
Clinicians and other professionals involved in healthcare delivery will be able to access PCORI’s first two interprofessional educational activities free of charge at the end of May. Baylor is developing a series of online modules and an interactive webinar that address research study design and PCORI’s Methodology Standards. PRIME is creating a video that discusses the early findings of a PCORI-funded study that compared the effectiveness of intravenous and oral antibiotic treatments at preventing recurrence of serious bone infections in children once they have left the hospital.
Although they would not earn formal educational credits, interested patients and other members of the healthcare community can also access these and other CME and CE activities offered by PCORI free of charge.
“This initiative to support accredited educational activities reflects PCORI’s mission of not only funding research to answer patients’ important questions, but also promoting widespread awareness of and educational access to useful results of that research,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI’s Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer and Director of PCORI’s Communication and Dissemination Research Program.
“We look forward to working with our partners, Baylor College of Medicine and PRIME, to provide a rich, unique trove of accredited learning opportunities in the growing field of patient-centered CER,” Slutsky added. “We also look forward to continuing to support the information needs of clinicians, whose contributions are invaluable to our activities and the research that we fund.
All CME and CE opportunities PCORI offers with its partners will meet the standards of applicable accrediting bodies. Baylor and PRIME were selected through a competitive solicitation based upon their demonstrated expertise and experience working with many accreditation services, including the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education, American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.