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PCORI awards $88.6M in comparative-effectiveness research funding


By Maureen McKinney
Posted: May 7, 2013 - 2:45 pm ET
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A project that aims to ease transitions of care and another that seeks to improve quality of life among Latina breast cancer survivors are among 51 research projects in 21 states chosen to receive a total of $88.6 million in funds from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Approved at PCORI's May 6 board of governors meeting and announced Tuesday, the projects are the organization's second cycle of comparative-effectiveness research grants. The first round, announced in December, totaled more than $40 million over three years for 25 winning projects.

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This latest wave of awards, selected from a field of more than 400 applications, brings PCORI's total comparative-effectiveness funding to date to more than $129 million.

“We're very pleased that we were able to double the amount of research awarded in our inaugural funding cycle thanks to the number of high-quality proposals we received,” said Dr. Joe Selby, PCORI's executive director, in a news release.

Many of the newly funded projects rely heavily on health information technology, including one that uses telehealth services to improve behavioral and mental health services for children in underserved communities and another that uses health IT systems to help patients reduce their risk of venous thromboembolism. Other projects use patient portals and clinical decision support tools.

As is consistent with PCORI requirements, funded grants also focus heavily on patient and caregiver engagement, such as one project that uses a patient-centered decision aid in ovarian cancer care and another that creates a patient-centered medical home model of care for kidney disease patients.

The April 15 deadline for PCORI's third cycle of funding recently passed, and awards are scheduled to be announced in August or September, according to the group's website.

Established by the healthcare reform law as an independent, not-for-profit, Washington-based PCORI is tasked with promoting, funding and disseminating comparative-effectiveness research.

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