In the past, it often has taken years for new evidence from clinical research to influence health care. And many times, these findings have failed to 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 reach better-informed health decisions.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Translation Center
The Translation Center helps PCORI prepare clear, comprehensible summaries of PCORI’s research findings so that these results will be useful to patients and providers in making healthcare decisions. PCORI posts these research summaries—one for consumer and patient audiences, and one for medical professionals—on our website within 90 days after the research results are finalized. The Translation Center also prepares audio files, Spanish translations, and other translation products to aid PCORI in the dissemination of research findings.
We have award programs to support the dissemination and implementation of research findings, as well as for preparation for dissemination activities:
PCORI Awards for Disseminating and Implementing Research Findings
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’s dissemination opportunity provides support for projects to strengthen the infrastructure and relationships necessary to disseminate and implement findings from patient-centered outcomes research. View a list of these funded projects.
Our other initiatives to promote access and uptake of our research findings include:
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 and provisions to promote free and timely access to articles in peer-reviewed journals that report key findings from the research we fund.
Reporting of Research Results to Study Participants and Partners
As part of our commitment to the patients and other stakeholders who contribute to our research projects, we believe that these participants and partners should be directly informed about the results. In PCORI’s process for releasing research findings, we ask that awardee institutions make every reasonable effort to ensure that study participants and partners receive the abstract the PCOR Translation Center prepares summarizing a study's results in a publicly accessible style.
Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Education (CE)
Our CME/CE activities provide accredited professional education for clinicians on findings from selected studies. Through these online courses, clinicians can learn in depth about specific findings and how to apply them to their practice.
Collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is charged with disseminating findings from patient-centered outcomes research funded by PCORI and government agencies. We submit promising findings to AHRQ via their public nomination process. Further, we collaborate with AHRQ to develop strategies for disseminating selected PCORI findings and for promoting their uptake into health care practice.
Communication and Dissemination Research (CDR)
Within our scientific research portfolio, the Communication and Dissemination Research program funds studies comparing approaches to communicating and disseminating PCOR findings. This program collaborates closely with our Dissemination and Implementation program to understand and promote effective approaches to the dissemination and implementation of evidence.
Our dissemination and implementation activities are guided by the PCORI Dissemination and Implementation Framework and Toolkit. Because successful dissemination and implementation must reflect the concerns of the users of research, we relied heavily on stakeholder input in developing this framework, which outlines essential steps in the process of dissemination and implementation of research findings.
Dissemination: The intentional, active process of identifying target audiences and tailoring communication strategies to increase awareness and understanding of evidence, and to motivate its use in policy, practice, and individual choices.
Implementation: The deliberate, iterative process of integrating evidence into policy and practice through adapting evidence to different contexts and facilitating behaviour change and decision-making, based on evidence across individuals, communities, and healthcare systems.
Posted: August 9, 2016; Updated: December 16, 2016