The research priorities and agenda for clinical comparative effectiveness studies have been set by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent, non-profit health research organization that was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The panel identified five priorities:
- Assessment of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options
- Improving healthcare systems
- Communication and dissemination research
- Addressing disparities
- Accelerating patient-centered outcomes research and methodological research.
The group’s research agenda outlines topics for study in each of these priority areas that it would be interested in funding.
PCORI has also announced – and solicited bids for -- $120 million in comparative effectiveness research in 2012 that addresses the first four areas of focus in the panel’s research priorities and agenda.