Created by the Affordable Care Act, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funds patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). This new form of research uses patients, clinicians, and other key stakeholders as co-investigators in research that compares the benefits and harms of different treatments or care delivery approaches. The goal is to improve informed decision-making by answering the questions that matter most to patients and other clinical decisionmakers.
AIR is developing and conducting a national survey of patients, clinicians and researchers to better understand the nation’s interest in this form of research, and the facilitators and barriers to engaging patients and clinicians as co-investigators in PCORI-funded projects. The results of the survey will be used to help PCORI facilitate the conduct and use of patient-centered CER in health decision-making and clinical practice.