Published on October 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM
"This project was selected for PCORI funding not only for its scientific merit but also for its potential to fill an important gap in our health knowledge and ultimately help patients and those who care for them make more fully informed decisions about their care," said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, M.D., MPH. "The project reflects PCORI's commitment to support patient-centered comparative effectiveness research, a new approach to health research that emphasizes the inclusion of patients and caregivers at all stages of the study process. We look forward to following the study's progress and working with Geisinger's Genomic Medicine Institute to share the results."
Geisinger's study is one of 71 projects totaling more than $114 million approved for funding by PCORI's Board of Governors earlier this week. The awards were a mix of projects that included the first studies made to specifically target improvement of research methods. All were selected through a highly competitive review process in which scientists, patients, caregivers and other stakeholders helped evaluate more than 570 proposals that responded to five PCORI funding announcements.
Proposals were evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, how well they engage patients and other stakeholders, their methodological rigor and how well they fit within PCORI's national research priorities. All awards were approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract.
The awards are part of PCORI's latest round of primary research funding. Through previous funding cycles, including a round of pilot projects and other initiatives, PCORI has committed a total of $304 million since 2012 to support patient-centered comparative effectiveness research.
Source: Geisinger Health System