First PCORI funding awards include project led by Jennifer DeVoe, M.D.

January 18, 2013

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) recently announced 25 funding awards, totaling $40.7 million over three years, to fund patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research projects under its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda.

One of the approved projects will be led by Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil., associate professor of family medicine, in collaboration with OCHIN. The study will focus on the creation of a partnership with community stakeholders to develop and assess computer/online tools designed to impact how clinics and families engage to improve children’s health insurance coverage and receipt of recommended care. OCHIN’s Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) includes 70 community based clinic networks and a subset of parents and providers from these clinics are anxious to get started with the study.

All told, the awards are based at institutions in 17 states, and were selected from nearly 500 applications through a competitive, multi-stage review process. Applications were evaluated on scientific merit, engagement of patients and other stakeholders, methodological rigor and fit within PCORI’s research priorities and research agenda.

“If computer tools built in this study are proven to work well, they will help clinics and families improve health insurance coverage and health care for children,” said Dr. DeVoe in a joint OHSU/OCHIN press release. “This study will take place in a large network of community health centers, so we will be able to quickly spread the tools to more than 500,000 families in our network. We will build the tools in a way that they can be used by many other clinics with computer capabilities.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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