PCORI’s updated framework answers questions, provides complete picture

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has drafted a new framework to answer questions about the agency’s approach to, and impact on, comparative effectiveness research (CER). The new document outlines metrics that PCORI will use to answer the questions, the methods by which it will do so, and the sources it will use to gather the necessary information. The agency emphasizes that the framework is a “living document” and seeks feedback from stakeholders for possible updates.

PCORI. PCORI is a federally funded, non-governmental nonprofit agency created by section 6301 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to fund comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies. CER studies aid patients, caregivers, and clinicians in making informed health care decisions by helping determine what drugs, devices, and treatment options are the most effective. In 2013, the agency began work on an earlier draft of the framework that focused on capturing questions regarding PCORI’s approach to, and impact on CER.

Updated framework. The new draft seeks to explain how it will answer those questions. It includes a section on the overall impact of PCORI, followed by subsections detailing the “six key ingredients in the PCORI recipe”: (1) topic capture and research prioritization; (2) merit review; (3) development of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR); (4) engagement in research; (5) infrastructure development; and (6) communication, dissemination, and implementation. The framework consists of infographics for each section describing how PCORI anticipates its approach will work, followed by tables outlining the questions and theories. The agency says the framework is part of its attempt “to evaluate all aspects of our work to improve its reliability, efficiency, and value.”

SOURCE: http://www.pcori.org/sites/default/files/PCORI-Evaluation-Framework-2.0.pdf

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