It often takes years for new evidence from clinical research to influence health care. Many times, these findings never reach patients and families who could benefit from the information. Disseminating and promoting the uptake of research findings is part of PCORI’s legal mandate to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policymakers make better-informed health decisions.
The Translation Center
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Translation Center helps PCORI prepare clear, comprehensible summaries of PCORI’s research findings to make results useful to patients and providers in making healthcare decisions. PCORI posts these research summaries—one for the public and one for healthcare professionals—on our website within 90 days of finalizing the research results. The Translation Center also produces audio files, Spanish translations, and other products.
PCORI Awards for Implementing Research Findings
PCORI offers awards that support adapting evidence for specific contexts, incorporating that evidence to inform decisions, and integrating evidence into work flows or other processes in a sustainable way.
PCORI Limited Competition Awards for Implementing Research Findings
PCORI-funded research teams can propose projects to take the next steps in bringing findings from their completed studies into practice in real-world settings. Learn more about the awards made to date under this program. For more information, see our funding announcements.
Awards for Implementation of Effective Shared Decision Making Approaches in Practice Settings
These awards support the integration of shared decision making approaches in healthcare settings, where they can be used to help patients and clinicians discuss and decide on health care.
PCORI Engagement Awards Supporting Dissemination
Organizations with strong ties to audiences that can use findings from patient-centered outcomes research can apply for Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards. The program provides support for organizations and communities to actively disseminate new evidence. It also provides support for projects to strengthen the infrastructure and relationships necessary to disseminate and implement findings from PCORI-funded research. View a list of these funded projects.
Our other initiatives to promote access and uptake of our research findings include the following:
Public Access to Journal Articles Summarizing Findings from PCORI-Funded Research
Publication in the scientific literature represents a critical, often early step in disseminating research results. PCORI has a public access policy to promote free and timely access to articles in peer-reviewed journals that report key findings from the research we fund.
Evidence for Decisions
We present findings from systematic reviews and some of our funded research studies in concise, accessible formats called Evidence Updates. Created and disseminated in collaboration with patient, provider, or other organizations, these updates capture the highlights and context for these new findings.
Our CME/CE activities provide accredited professional education for clinicians on findings from select studies. Through these in-depth online courses, clinicians can learn about specific findings and how to apply them to decision making in practice.
Collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ works to disseminate findings from patient-centered outcomes research funded by PCORI, government agencies, or other sources. PCORI submits promising findings to AHRQ via their public nomination process.
Communication and Dissemination Research (CDR)
Our Communication and Dissemination Research priority area funds research studies comparing approaches to communicating and disseminating PCOR findings. The program represents one of our national priorities for funding comparative clinical effectiveness research.
Posted: August 9, 2016; Updated: April 17, 2018