About ICE

Our Mission

The mission of the Oregon Institute for Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness (ICE) is to identify, train, and mentor successful junior, mid-level, and senior faculty with the potential to conduct, mentor, and catalyze innovative, interdisciplinary, comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research (CER/PCOR).

We accomplish this mission through three programs:

Annual Research Intensive

The centerpiece of our institute is the ICE Annual Research Intensive, funded by a National Cancer Institute KM1. We designed this event to attract junior, mid level, and senior investigators and provide them with fundamental knowledge and skills in CER/PCOR that they can disseminate throughout their research programs and their institutions. The Intensive offers short courses and hands-on sessions to a broad national audience.


Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness K12 Program

To build on the CER expertise here at OHSU, we have the Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness K12 Program.  Funded in 2010 by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this program leverages OHSU's expertise in comparative effectiveness, evidence reviews, primary scientific, clinical and translational research, stakeholder engagement, and research career development education  to train future leaders in CER/PCOR. The Oregon CER K12 training program has enrolled four scholars who will be funded for the duration of the three year program.  The training includes didactic education in CER/PCOR, experiential rotations and a mentored research experience in patient-centered comparative effectiveness. 


Evidence to Implementation (E2I) Journal Club

To encourage discussion and healthy debate on current CER/PCOR issues, we have established the Evidence to Implementation (E2I) Journal Club. This group is lead by our CER K12 scholars along with experienced faculty co-facilitators and covers topics and articles regarding current CER/PCOR issues. It is a well attended monthly meeting open to the OHSU and local research community.

According to the Institute of Medicine Report "Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research," scientific rigor "demands a wide array of study designs including systematic reviews and meta-analysis, observational analytic methods, modeling, clinical trials and others." The Annual Research Intensive, the CER K12 program and the E2I Journal Club draw from OHSU's resource rich environment that provides a strong and broad education and skill attainment in patient-centered comparative effectiveness, including comparative effectiveness reviews, mining large databases and electronic health records, conducting primary research studies, and implementing and disseminating results.

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