APA Calls for Psychological Expertise in Oversight of Comparative Effectiveness Research

APA sent a letter to Acting Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, asserting the need for inclusion of psychological expertise on the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a new independent institute authorized by the health care reform bill (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that will oversee comparative effectiveness research.
On April 21, APA sent a letter (PDF, 128KB) to Acting Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, asserting the need for inclusion of psychological expertise in the governance of a new independent institute that will oversee comparative effectiveness research authorized by the health care reform bill (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).  The new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will be overseen by a Board of Governors comprised of individuals representing several designated categories of expertise but without any explicit representation of expertise on mental health or substance use disorders. The Coalition for Health Services Research (PDF, 195KB), the advocacy arm of Academy Health, has provided an excellent summary of the structure and function, as well as provisions for the implementation, of the PCORI.  Science GRO staff will be closely monitoring the implementation process and will continue advocating for the inclusion of psychological science as opportunities arise.