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PCORI Announces National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda

January 27, 2012—The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Jan. 23 released drafts of its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda, and invited public comment. Comments will be accepted on the PCORI website through March 15, 2012. The PCORI Board of Governors Jan. 18-19 heard committee summaries of the priorities and agenda that are intended to provide a framework for research on clinical care as PCORI moves forward. 

The draft national priorities include a focus on:

  • comparative assessment of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options;

  • improving systems;

  • communication and dissemination;

  • addressing disparities; and

  • methods to accelerate patient-centered research.

Features of the research agenda include understanding core research questions from patient and caregiver perspectives and finding ways to include patients and caregivers in the research process, most likely through forming new research “teams.”

At the same Board of Governors meeting, the pilot grants committee announced it had received over 800 grant applications from its initial request for proposals [see Washington Highlights, Sept. 23, 2011] that closed in December 2011. PCORI has recruited and trained reviewers to assist in the review process and expects to notify recipients of their awards in April, with funds expected to be distributed in May 2012. Unsuccessful applicants will receive summary statements regarding reasons for non-award. 


Mildred Solomon, Ed.D.
Senior Director, Implementation Science
Telephone: 202-828-0543

Ellen Salkeld, Ph.D.
Senior Lead Specialist for Implementation Science
Telephone: 202-741-6460


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