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. PCORI’s release of new evidence begins with translating all research findings into understandable summaries with the help of 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.
Organizations with strong ties to audiences that can use findings from patient-centered outcomes research can apply for these awards. The Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative provides support for organizations and communities to actively disseminate new evidence. This program also provides support for projects to strengthen the infrastructure and relationships necessary to disseminate and implement findings from PCORI-funded research.
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-funded research teams can propose projects to bring findings from their completed studies into practice in real-world settings.
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.
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.
AHRQ works to disseminate findings from patient-centered outcomes research funded by PCORI, government agencies, or other sources. We submit promising findings to AHRQ via its public nomination process.
We believe in the importance of directly informing study participants and partners about study results. As part of this commitment, PCORI asks that awardee institutions make every reasonable effort to ensure that study participants and partners receive the Translation Center’s abstract summarizing results in lay language.
Our Communication and Dissemination Research priority area funds research studies comparing approaches to communicating and disseminating patient-centered outcomes research findings. The program represents one of our five national priorities for funding comparative clinical effectiveness research.
Dissemination and Implementation Framework and Toolkit
Posted: August 9, 2016; Updated: May 9, 2018