AIR Researcher Dr. Kristin Carman Appointed to Health Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Kristin Carman, a senior health researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), has been appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to serve on its Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement. PCORI is an independent organization authorized by Congress to provide research that can inform health consumers and engaging them in the research process.

Kristin Carman Dr. Carman will serve on PCORI’s Patient Engagement panel, which is designed to advise PCORI on processes and methods to ensure the highest standards for, and a culture of, patient-centeredness in all aspects of its work. The 21-member panel represents different sectors across the health-care community, including researchers, clinicians, patients, caregivers, insurers, employers, policymakers and industry.

Dr. Carman, who leads AIR’s Center for Patient and Consumer Engagement, will represent health researchers. She was one of 84 individuals selected to serve on one of four advisory panels. PCORI considered more than 1,000 individuals for panel membership.

Her work addresses patient and health consumer needs, as well as approaches to expand the involvement of patients in health care, hospital safety and quality reporting. Recently, she was the lead author of a conceptual model for patient and family engagement that was published in the February 2013 issue of Health Affairs.

Dr. Carman will participate in the panel’s first meeting on April 19 – 20, 2013.

PCORI’s 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. For more information, visit

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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