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Patient-centered communication and PCORI

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute logo: PCORI projects are a great fit for patient-centered communication.

More than $1.65 billion has already been awarded to 570 projects by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). At a time when other funding resources are increasingly constrained, PCORI’s support is good news for researchers.

PCORI bodes well for patients, too. “PCORI is producing a different portfolio of funded projects,” said Joe Selby, PCORI Executive Director. “Patient-centeredness, engagement, and likelihood of changing practice are not explicit criteria of either NIH or AHRQ.”

Listening to patients is at the center of PCORI’s approach. PCORI-funded projects incorporate patients into every aspect of the research process to ensure that the results address the challenges they face daily. Patients, caregivers, clinicians, and the public can comment on draft reports and policies, review funding applications, join advisory panels, identify research needs, and help generate “big data.”

The Health Communication Core's (HCC) approach to health communication has always focused on listening, understanding, and responding in useful, appropriate ways to the people to whom health information is being provided. PCORI projects are a great fit for us, and we are reveling in the opportunities for discussion, discovery, feedback, and collaboration that these projects provide.

HCC worked with four PCORI-funded projects in which patients helped leading investigators to guide the research process and contribute to the results of exciting new initiatives.

PCORI was created in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act to provide evidence-based information for making health care decisions. Visit the PCORI website to learn about funding announcements and events.

Contact us to explore how HCC's patient-centered communication services might contribute to your PCORI project or grant application.