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PCORI Board of Governors Approves Methodology Report

November 30, 2012—The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors Nov. 19 voted to approve the Methodology Report with final revisions based on public input [see Washington Highlights, July 27]. The Methodology Committee will continue to revise the report and will begin work on the next version shortly. The committee will develop a dissemination and implementation plan as part of a new initiative to widely distribute the standards. PCORI will also develop guidelines for funding applicants based on the report.

At the meeting, PCORI staff reported on the process for identifying high priority topics for upcoming targeted funding announcements. After a lengthy review process, uterine fibroids, asthma in the African American population, and fall prevention among the elderly were topics chosen for the initial funding announcement. PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, M.D., stated that expert stakeholder panels will be convened for each topic.

PCORI also reviewed the proposal to develop advisory boards on various topics during the first half of 2013 and the process for doing so. Each panel would consist of between 15-21 members and the first three panels recommended for development are: patient engagement, comparative assessment of options, and health disparities. Additional panels will be identified in the coming months.

The board also heard a report on pilot project oversight. PCORI staff reported that pilot projects were selected to explore methods, and $31 million over 2 years was awarded to projects in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Eight areas were selected and seven of the eight funded. PCORI is assessing the selection process used to fund the pilot projects to inform future funding cycles.


Alexander Ommaya, DSc, Senior Director,
Clinical and Translational Research and Policy
Telephone: 202-741-5520

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


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