PCORI Grant Process Begins, But Challenge Of Involving Nontraditional Researchers Remains
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute approved its priorities and research agenda May 21, and revealed funding amounts for clinical comparative research the following day. But, as the board of governors’ discussion showed, one of PCORI’s biggest challenges remains how to bring in nontraditional researchers to help give its research a uniquely patient-centered focus.
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announces plans to encourage the submission of more proposals for head-to-head clinical comparative effectiveness studies. Among the research topics the institute will encourage are the Institute of Medicine’s top 100 priorities and recommendations from America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute selected five drug-related research topics for funding, including a look at narrow- versus broad-spectrum antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections in children, though all studies are observational. PCORI approved 52 CER projects in this third funding round, including many declined in the first round.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will look for more ways to engage the research community, particularly in Midwestern states, as the number of applications for research grants has fallen short of expectations.