PCORI solicits research questions via online public survey

The proposed questions will be evaluated through a selection process that will lead to targeted research funding announcements
In late September, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) invited patients, caregivers and the broader health care community to complete a survey on their website to propose specific research questions. Each suggestion will be evaluated through a selection process that will lead to targeted announcements for research funding. In addition to questions about prevention, diagnosis and treatment options, PCORI is interested in research questions concerning improving health care delivery, addressing disparities of all types, improving how research is communicated and improving the research process overall. Also in September, PCORI opened its second application cycle for funding announcements to support $96 million in primary research. In a Health Affairs blog post this month, PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby and staff scientist Rachael Fleurence detail how the institute is moving toward greater specificity in the research it will fund, via two "complementary but equally critical paths," a broad investigator-initiated funding process and a more directed patient- and stakeholder-initiated approach. PCORI is holding three workshops aimed at refining its research agenda in Washington, D.C. in October and December.