Earn CME credit while learning about patient-centered research

By Jessica Ridpath, blog editor and senior research communications consultant at Group Health Research Institute

Have you ever wanted to learn more about patient-centered outcomes research and how you can get involved? Here’s your chance: a free webinar from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) titled “The Role of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in the Current Healthcare Landscape: Setting the Stage CME/CE.”

Primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurses, and other clinicians who complete the webinar can earn CME or CE credit while learning about the benefits and processes surrounding patient-centered outcomes research. The webinar is available through November 17, 2016.

“Research done differently”
Patient-centered outcomes research is based on the notion that patients, families, clinicians, and other stakeholders play an important role in the entire research process—from designing studies to disseminating results. It’s a different approach than traditional medical research—which is typically driven by the ideas of individual research professionals. While traditional medical research has led to many important advances in care, it hasn’t always produced results that are relevant and accessible to patients and clinicians.

PCORI was established in 2010 to help change this paradigm by funding research projects developed in partnership with patients, their caregivers, and their providers. The goal? To ensure that research addresses issues that are truly important to the people who give and receive health care every day—and that research findings are patient centered, useful, accessible, and trustworthy. PCORI refers to this approach as “research done differently.”

For patients, this means producing results that help them make informed decisions about which approaches to care might work best, given their particular preferences and circumstances. For clinicians, it means providing evidence-based information to help them answer the most important questions they face in practice every day.

Opportunities to be part of PCORI research
Do you have an idea for a research question that would help you or your patients make more informed choices about treatment? PCORI is all ears. Visit the “Get Involved” page on their website to learn more about how you can lend your voice to patient-centered outcomes research. Here are just a few of the opportunities available:

  • Suggest a patient-centered research question: PCORI invites patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other health care community members to submit health care questions of particular importance to them. PCORI will review your question and consider developing the topic into an area of funding.
  • Provide input or be part of an advisory panel: PCORI frequently offers the public opportunities to comment on their research or to serve on advisory panels that help guide their efforts to engage patients, clinicians, and communities in research.
  • Apply for funding: In addition to research grants, PCORI offers funding opportunities for small, community-based projects. For example, their Pipeline to Proposal Awards program provides seed money to individuals and groups who have health care research ideas and want to pursue community-building and engagement projects. Additionally, PCORI offers the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award program, which provides funding to bring more patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other health care stakeholders into the research process. The goal is to help build communities that are better able to participate in and share the results of patient-centered research.

Opportunities to be part of ITHS research
If you represent a practice in the five-state Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI) region, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences’ (ITHS) WWAMI-region Practice and Research Network (WPRN) is one way to get involved in research efforts. Learn more about how you can work with the WPRN.

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