Research 101: Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

We understand that in partnering with CERTAIN, a lot of new terms and acronyms are thrown at you! This section of the newsletter is meant to highlight a different research-related term in each edition, to help you better understand the landscape in which CERTAIN, and you as Patient Advisor partners, are operating.

As a Patient Advisor collaborating with CERTAIN, you will likely hear a lot about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Indeed many of you played an instrumental role in the recent submission of funding applications! In 2010, Congress passed legislation authorizing the establishment of the PCORI as a not-for-profit, non-government entity. The mission of PCORI is to help people make informed health care decisions and achieve better health outcomes. Central to this mission is funding and promoting research guided by patients, caregivers and the healthcare community. The establishment of PCORI provided a catalyst for change in how research questions are identified, how research studies are developed and how results are reported to inform decision-making. Specifically, PCORI promotes the involvement of patients, caregivers and patient representatives as collaborators on research teams; as reviewers for PCORI’s formal review process of research funding applications; and through submission of specific questions PCORI should consider for future funding.  You can learn more about PCORI, including opportunities to provide input at a national level at

Author: CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network

The CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network seeks to improve research by providing a way for patients to work in collaboration with researchers throughout the research process — from the identification of research questions to the communication of the results.

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