Researchers, Patients, Other Stakeholders Will Help Select Research Questions in Five Topic Areas
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 27, 2013) – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will host a series of ad hoc workgroups starting March 1 to seek input from the healthcare community on refining PCORI’s initial set of targeted research topics for funding later this year. The workgroups, made up of researchers, patients and other stakeholders, will meet one time each in March or April. They will provide input to PCORI’s staff and Board of Governors on the critical research questions that should be answered within each of the five topics, which are:
- Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids
- Treatment Options for Severe Asthma in African-Americans and Hispanics/Latinos
- Preventing Injuries from Falls in the Elderly
- Treatment Options for Back Pain
- Obesity Treatment Options in Diverse Populations
“These topics are part a strategic effort to add specificity to our research agenda by identifying and funding research that will answer questions that are meaningful to patients and those who care for them, and that are likely to make a difference in patient and clinician practices and in outcomes, ” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “We look forward to collaborating with the healthcare community as we refine these topics for funding announcements that we hope to release by mid-year.”
PCORI’s Board approved the development of these five targeted funding announcements at its November 2012 meeting. Three topics were identified at that time and two more were identified in January. This accelerated approach to development targeted funding announcements will jump-start PCORI’s long-term strategy to generate and prioritize specific research topics, starting with questions solicited directly from patients and stakeholders.
PCORI identified its targeted topics through a process that began by reviewing previous efforts to identify and prioritize gaps in comparative effectiveness research. After establishing a large pool of potential topics, PCORI staff researched, reviewed and ranked topics based on nine criteria. The Board’s Program Development Committee then applied several balancing criteria to the ranked list that measured important qualities of each topic, including the populations affected and the potential impact on healthcare practice.
PCORI staff completed the process by recommending topics to the Board to develop for funding announcements. Along with public input, the five ad hoc workgroups will provide feedback on research gaps in the current evidence base and work to identify specific research questions to study under the topic areas selected. Workgroup members were selected after a thorough review of experts and advocates in each field.
Each workgroup’s proceedings will be open to the public via webinar/teleconference, with comments and questions welcome through e-mail and Twitter. In addition, interested individuals can contribute comments, suggestions, and input for up to two weeks before and after each meeting through PCORI’s website. A full list of workgroup meetings and information on how submit input and register for their associated webinars is available on the events page on PCORI’s website.
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.