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PCORI board votes on research definition

March 6, 2012 1:25 AM UTC

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) board voted 17-2, with one abstention, to adopt a definition of patient-centered outcomes research that begins with a broad summary followed by a list of characteristics. According to the definition, such research "helps people and their caregivers communicate and make informed health care decisions, allowing their voices to be heard in assessing the value of health care options." The research evaluates preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, palliative or health delivery system interventions; focuses on outcomes such as survival, function, symptoms and quality of life; incorporates a variety of settings and diversity of participants; and "investigates optimizing outcomes while addressing burden to individuals, resource availability, and other stakeholder perspectives."

The definition does not mention "comparative effectiveness research." PCORI's methodology committee, which drafted the definition, said the research includes many components of comparative effectiveness but is intended to be "broader." ...