GOVERNMENT RELATIONS UPDATE

PCORI to seek public comment on its mission

How should “patient-centered outcomes research” be defined?

As this issue of Psychological Science Agenda was being posted, the board of governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was meeting in Washington DC.  As described previously, PCORI was established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the health care reform law) as an independent, non-profit organization to support research on how to most effectively prevent, treat, and manage diseases and disorders. 

The PCORI board is expected to announce a period for public comment on its draft definition of patient-centered outcomes research, likely running from about July 20 through September 2.  This definition will help to specify the mission of PCORI and to guide its future research and grantmaking activities.   APA encourages psychologists to submit comments to PCORI, especially regarding the important role of behavioral and social science approaches to understanding health and developing interventions.

Readers can check the PCORI Provide Input webpage for the announcement of the public comment period.  Additional news about PCORI and its request for input will appear in the August issue of PSA.