2023 PCORI Annual Meeting Breakout Session Spotlight
Study: Pulse Oximeters Shown Not to Improve Outcomes for Patients with COVID-19 Recovering at Home
Patients with COVID-19 who were remotely monitored at home using a text-message-based program — known as COVID Watch — did not experience better outcomes if they used a pulse oximeter, according to research findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Supported in part by PCORI funding, the study — led by Mucio Delgado, MD, MS, at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine — compared patients who received standard care as part of the COVID Watch program to patients in the same program who were given a pulse oximeter to monitor their oxygen levels. Researchers found that adding the pulse oximeter did not save more lives or keep more people out of the hospital.
Study: COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Experienced Rates of Moral Injury Similar to Combat Veterans
A PCORI-funded research registry of more than 55,000 healthcare workers and their families has powered a study that provides important insights into the psyche of COVID-19 healthcare workers during the pandemic.
Results appearing in the Journal of General Internal Medicine show that COVID-19 healthcare workers experienced high rates of potential moral injury that are comparable to rates among combat veterans. Moral injuries are defined as actions that conflict with values and beliefs, causing psychological harm.
Database Identifies Emerging Technologies, Innovations
PCORI’s Horizon Scanning Database offers healthcare decision makers findings about advancements in six key areas of interest: Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, COVID-19, mental and behavioral health, and rare diseases. This database can be used by patients, care partners, and others to track advancements in care options.
Healthcare Workers Registry and Study
Applicant and Awardee FAQs Related to COVID-19
PCORI is concerned first and foremost for the health and safety of our community, including applicants, awardees, stakeholders, research participants, staff, and all others involved with PCORI. To that end, PCORI is working to assist applicants and awardees in finding solutions that may help address issues related to disruptions associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus). These issues include general guidance, addressing pre-award concerns for applicants, and addressing post-award concerns for awardees.
PCORI's Response to COVID-19: A Timeline
|➤ March 31: First of six-part PCORI-sponsored webinar series, "Report from the Field: How We are Managing Incident Command," features health system leaders discussing their response to the pandemic
|➤ April 1: Board of Governors approves up to $110 million in COVID-19-related funding:
♦ $20 million for enhancements/adaptations to currently funded projects
♦ $30 million for new projects
♦ $50 million for Healthcare Worker Exposure Response and Outcomes (HERO) Registry and Trial Program
➤ April 7: Second COVID-19 webinar held on managing demand in emergency departments and coordinating the flow of very sick patients in hospitals
➤ April 13: HERO Registry and HERO-HCQ Trial Program launches
➤ April 14: Third COVID-19 webinar held on strategies for managing urgent surgeries amid pandemic
➤ April 20: Engagement Awards COVID-19 Special Cycle opens for proposals supporting engagement in and dissemination of research
➤ April 21: Fourth COVID-19 webinar held on crucial nursing issues, including managing of personal protective equipment<
➤ April 28: Fifth COVID-19 webinar held on challenges hospitals encountered in discharging patients
|➤ May 5: Final COVID-19 webinar held on the growth and ongoing use of telehealth during the pandemic, and lessons learned
➤ May 5: PCORI posts COVID-19 Targeted Funding Announcement for research into three priority areas:
♦ Adaptations to healthcare delivery
♦ Impact on vulnerable populations
♦ Impact of healthcare workforce well-being, management, and training
|➤ June 9: PCORI publishes first Biweekly COVID-19 Scan
➤ June 23: PCORI Board approves up to $50 million for new COVID-19 funding opportunities, as well as enhancements to existing studies
|➤ July 28: First batch of awards under Engagement Awards COVID-19 Special Cycle funding announcement to support engagement in and dissemination of research posted
|➤ August 12: PCORI publishes first quarterly Horizon Scanning COVID-19 Supplement Status Report
➤ August 18: $22.6 million in COVID-19 targeted research awards announced
|➤ September 1: PCORI awards $2.3 million for COVID-19 targeted research project on medication-assisted treatment policy changes and patients with opioid use disorders
➤ September 10: PCORI awards $5 million for targeted research project on preventing COVID-19 illness in people with serious mental illness, developmental disabilities
➤ September 16: Breakout session at PCORI's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting includes high-level perspective on the shift in healthcare delivery toward telehealth under the coronavirus pandemic, and a look at two PCORI studies that used patient-centered telehealth to address COVID-19-related health concerns
|➤ October 12: Second batch of awards under Engagement Awards COVID-19 Special Cycle funding announcement to support engagement in and dissemination of research posted
➤ October 20: New blog post highlights PCORI's portfolio of funded research projects on telehealth and the lessons learned so far, and projects seeking to address questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic
➤ October 26: PCORI publishes first COVID-19 Supplement High Impact Report
|➤ November 9: Third and final batch of awards under Engagement Awards COVID-19 Special Cycle funding announcement to support engagement in and dissemination of research posted
|➤ December 10: First set of PCORI Engagement Awardee Share and Tell videos posted, in which awardees share valuable lessons and insight about successful ways to shift to or implement a virtual patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) engagement event during the coronavirus pandemic
|➤ February 8: Rapid landscape review report, summarizing how the reimbursement, regulatory, and delivery systems have changed for telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic, released
|➤ March 1: Engagement Award funding announcement opens to support projects that enable organizations and communities to build their capacity and skills to participate across all phases of the patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) process on topics that address health outcomes related to COVID-19
|➤ April 19: NIH announces ACTIV-6 clinical trial platform will use PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, to help accelerate study of some prescription and over-the-counter medications as treatments for COVID-19 in non-hospitalized patients
|➤ July 12: PCORI announces funding for two new studies on comparing ways to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among workers in long-term care facilities
|➤ August 3: PCORI publishes first issue of quarterly Horizon Scanning COVID-19 Supplement Status Report that combines COVID-19-related topics with original set of six topics of focus
|➤ November 17-19: The 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting included a plenary session and a pair of breakout sessions that focused on lessons learned, best practices, and several issues relating to COVID-19
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