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Discussion of PCORI Research Priorities at AAMC-IOM Meeting

February 17, 2012—The AAMC and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Feb. 13 held a joint meeting where more than 60 leaders from academic institutions and health systems from across the nation convened to build their organizations’ capacities to conduct effectiveness and implementation studies.

Joe P. Selby, M.D., M.P.H., executive director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), spoke at the meeting focusing on the role of academic medicine in “building effectiveness and implementation research into clinical practice.”  Dr. Selby described PCORI’s purpose—to support patient-centered decision making in health care—and the institute’s draft research priorities, which are open for public comment until March 15.  Priorities include research on improving study design and analytic methods for patient-centered research, developing better clinical data networks, facilitating studies addressing health disparities and rare diseases, and training new researchers. 

Special attention was focused on deploying these forms of research to improve care within one’s own health care system. Participants were leaders identified by AAMC in extensive interviews conducted over the past six months.  In January, the AAMC launched its Research on Care Community (ROCC), which is offering technical assistance and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning to AAMC member schools and hospitals that join. 


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

Stephen Heinig
Director, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0488

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


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