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.
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, and others make better-informed health decisions. PCORI’s release of new evidence begins with posting short, understandable summaries of all research findings soon after a study’s results are final. Our efforts continue with programs and activities to promote awareness of findings from PCORI-funded research (dissemination) and to facilitate the uptake of research findings in practice settings (implementation).
Through our Dissemination and Implementation Program, we support projects that promote the uptake and integration of findings from PCORI-funded studies, in the context of related evidence, in real-world practice. Learn more ➤
Awards under this funding opportunity support organizations that have strong ties to audiences that can use PCORI-funded research findings to develop their capacity and to actively disseminate those findings to the audiences. Learn more ➤
We post clear, comprehensible summaries of all PCORI-funded research findings—one for the general public and one for healthcare professionals—on our website within 90 days after the research results are final. The return of results to study participants is an important part of our release of study findings.
PCORI requires awardees to deposit articles in PubMed Central, where they become available to the public six to 12 months after publication. We will also pay journals’ open access fees when investigators publish their results in the scientific literature, assuring immediate access to these findings. Learn more ➤
What Else Do We Do?
We fund research on implementation and dissemination through our Communication and Dissemination Research priority area, one of our national priorities.
We submit findings from PCORI-funded research to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which has an initiative to disseminate promising patient-centered outcomes research findings.
Learn about the Dissemination and Implementation Framework and Toolkit, which PCORI created as part of strategic planning for its activities to increase the awareness of evidence and promote its integration into practice.
Posted: August 9, 2016; Updated: September 27, 2021