Vague PCORI Agenda Makes Commenting On Funding Allocations Difficult
Comments on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s national priorities and research agenda reveal difficulty in expressing thoughts on how the institute should allocate its research funds due to a lack of specificity in the research agenda itself.
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In a departure from asking researchers to propose specific research topics within broadly defined areas, the board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute approved a plan to fund research in three targeted areas – treatment of uterine fibroids, management of asthma in African-Americans and prevention of falls in the elderly – and up to two additional areas.
The overall Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s research agenda offered five broad areas where it will be seeking to fund research. While four of those areas will remain broadly defined when PCORI solicits study proposals through a PCORI funding announcement in May, the PFA in the area of accelerating patient-centered outcomes research and methodological research will add some specifics on types of studies needed and be issued in July.
PhRMA, BIO Recommendations To PCORI Emphasize Studying Delivery Of Care Rather Than Comparing Products
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the Biotechnology Industry Organization target data on health care delivery in their recommendations for what the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute should focus its attention on.