PCORI Initiates A Targeted Approach To Research At November Meeting
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.
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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute staff’s plan to make investigator-initiated research more focused brings out board members’ concerns about whether the institute can meet its aim of providing research that helps stakeholders make more informed decisions about health care.
A number of drug-related comparative effectiveness research projects are approved for PCORI-sponsored research in its second funding cycle. Health IT-related projects also get attention as the institute spends more than $88 million on 51 projects.
The continued funding of research, as well as supporting activities associated with that research, will be the primary focus of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s activities in 2013.