PCORI announces workshops to refine research agenda

The three workshops will be held in Washington, D.C., in October and December.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced workshops aimed at refining the institute’s research agenda to be held in Washington, D.C., in October and December. The first workshop on Oct. 27-28 is designed to bring together consumers, patients, caregivers, advocacy groups, researchers and other stakeholders in an effort to start building a patient-centered research community, to identify models of patient engagement in research, and to begin identifying research topics that will improve patient care and outcomes. The second workshop on Dec. 4 will bring together a broad range of health care stakeholders to engage in interactive small-group sessions to solicit their ideas for research in a variety of topic areas, including assessment of screening, diagnosis and treatment options; clinical trials; improving health care systems; addressing disparities; communications and dissemination research; and rare diseases. 

PCORI has also announced a pilot program this month to help the institute review and test its proposed Process for Prioritizing Specific Research Topics. Once implemented, the process will lead to recommendations for topic-specific funding announcements that will complement PCORI's broad funding announcements. Pilot members will test and pilot the process over the course of three conference calls in October and November, provide feedback to PCORI on the process, and share their experience in person at a third workshop in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5.

The deadline to apply to attend the October workshop has passed, but potential participants can complete online statements of interest for the Dec. 4 workshop and for the pilot program. APA encourages psychologists who are attending any of PCORI’s workshops to contact Christine Jamieson in APA’s Science Government Relations Office to learn more about PCORI and APA’s previous work with the institute. A free, interactive webcast of the workshops will be open to the public.

On Sept. 17 PCORI opened its second application cycle for funding announcements to support $96 million in primary research. The announcements correspond to the first four areas of focus in PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda: assessment of prevention, diagnosis and treatment options; improving healthcare systems; communication and dissemination; and addressing disparities. Additional funding announcements that address the fifth area of focus, “accelerating patient-centered and methodological research,” are expected to be issued beginning this fall.