December 21, 2012

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute announces two awards to Group Health

Projects part of PCORI’s effort to help patients make better-informed health decisions

Seattle, WAGroup Health has been approved for two research awards from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study ways to improve care for back pain and to connect patients with community resources. The projects are part of a portfolio of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research that addresses PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda.
Authorized by the Affordable Care Act, PCORI is an independent nonprofit dedicated to funding comparative clinical effectiveness research. In its first cycle of funding, with 25 projects approved nationwide, PCORI awarded two to Washington state, both to Group Health, a “learning health system” where research and care delivery inform each other:

“Today marks a major milestone in our work as we build a portfolio of comparative clinical effectiveness research that will provide patients and those who care for them better information about the health care decisions they face,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “These research projects reflect PCORI’s patient-centered research agenda, emphasizing the inclusion of patients and caregivers at all stages of the research.”

PCORI is committing $40.7 million in funding for a slate of 25 projects, which PCORI’s Board of Governors approved following a competitive, multi-stage review process involving scientists, patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders. Two of these 25 projects were awarded to Group Health.

Proposals were evaluated based on scientific merit, engagement of patients and stakeholders, methodological rigor, and fit within PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda.

The awards were part of PCORI’s first cycle of primary research funding and selected from among nearly 500 completed applications submitted earlier this year. All proposals were approved pending a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and completion of a formal award contract.

“PCORI’s emergence as a major funder of health care research has the potential to lead to a transformation of health care from a largely system- and provider-centered enterprise to one that is explicitly designed to meet the needs of patients,” Dr. Cherkin said.

“Group Health’s extensive experience conducting comparative-effectiveness research within a consumer-driven health care organization puts us in a unique position to lead the kind of patient-centered research that suits PCORI's goals,” added Dr. Cherkin’s colleague Dr. Levine.

“By engaging patients in planning, reviewing, and implementing projects, PCORI is improving the culture of both research and health care,” said Dr. Hsu, who is a medical anthropologist. 

“These new grants represent the best of a learning health care system, where patients, researchers, clinicians, and leaders partner to make care more aligned with patients’ needs and desires,” Dr. Reid said.

“Group Health is very proud of the work that PCORI is funding to further our mission around an approach that is based on evidence and puts patients at the center of their care experience,” said Group Health Physicians President/Chief Medical Executive Michael Soman, MD, MPH.

For more information about PCORI’s Funding Announcements, visit www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/.

PCORI
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at www.pcori.org.

Group Health Research Institute
Group Health Research Institute does practical research that helps people like you and your family stay healthy. The Institute is the research arm of Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative, a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system. Founded in 1947, Group Health Cooperative coordinates health care and coverage. Group Health Research Institute changed its name from Group Health Center for Health Studies in 2009. Since 1983, the Institute has conducted nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health problems. Government and private research grants provide its main funding.

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