The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Unit facilitates clinical research that addresses the comparative effectiveness of different healthcare options from the perspective of patient outcomes.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Unit of the Division of Clinical Research (DCR) was established to address the research needs and funding opportunities provided by the creation of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Research supported by PCORI has three major components:

  1. It tests the comparative effectiveness of a range of healthcare interventions, including treatments, diagnostic tests, and system-level strategies;
  2. It focuses on outcomes that are experienced and reported by patients; and
  3. Research progresses in a model with substantial stakeholder engagement including input from patients, caregivers and providers.

The PCOR Unit seeks to facilitate research by providing support in each of these domains. Specifically, the PCOR Unit advances work through four complimentary strategies:

  • Working with the DCR Education Unit to host a series of educational seminars and workshops to prepare investigators to submit PCORI applications.
  • Providing project specific consultative services through review of investigator-initiated proposals in the pre-award phase.
  • Supporting the expansion and evaluation of methods for collecting patient reported outcome measures, specifically as routine components in clinical care settings.
  • Establishing best practices for patient and community engagement strategies and disseminating these resources to investigators.

The DCR's PCOR services provide educational programming, proposal preparation consultations, outcome measures support and stakeholder engagement assistance to help investigators who are navigating the waters of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute or conducting PCOR studies.