The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, created by Congress as part of healthcare reform, recently announced it was asking the public for help in defining “patient-centered outcomes research.”
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One could assume that such an institute could at least define the type of research they do, but officials there say the call for help is a sign they’re going above and beyond the call of duty, as opposed to the slacking off that it might appear to be at first glance. The organization was created to help patients and those who care for them make informed health decisions.
“Defining patient-centered outcomes research is foundational work for PCORI,” said Dr. Eugene Washington, chairman of the PCORI board and vice chancellor of health sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, in a statement. “Soliciting input on the definition goes beyond PCORI’s statutory requirements and demonstrates our commitment to patient and stakeholder involvement throughout our work.”
OK, but if the National Institutes of Health starts asking for help defining health, it’s time to get worried.
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