The organization tasked by the government with determining which treatments and procedures work best for which patients has begun to make headway in the year since its inception.
Established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as an independent, not-for-profit entity, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute conducts and promotes comparative effectiveness research.
In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Eugene Washington and Steven Lipstein, chair and vice chair of PCORI's 21-member board of governors, co-authored an article outlining the organization's structure and mission, and its work so far, including its first grant funding opportunity, a round of pilot projects that opens for applicants Nov. 1.
“We authored the perspective piece for the New England Journal of Medicine because we wanted to document for the record and share with all of our stakeholders the historic work of creating a world-class, patient-centered research institute from scratch,” Lipstein said in an e-mail. “We are committed to being the most engaged health research organization and we take our relationship with stakeholders, especially patients and clinicians, very seriously.”