PCORI Board Approves Nearly $74 million for Research on Palliative Care

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Board of Governors recently approved nearly $74 million to fund seven studies comparing the effectiveness of different strategies for delivering palliative care. These projects will focus on advanced care planning for patients with serious illnesses and examine which approaches to delivering palliative care to patients in the community work best to improve quality of care and quality of life.

“This research will address an essential health care need: the effective and efficient delivery of palliative care,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “With our aging population, there is an increased demand for these services and an urgent need to understand the best ways to provide them. The comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, that PCORI was established to fund will fill critical gaps in our knowledge and ultimately help people make better informed decisions about palliative care that fit their needs and preferences.”

Click here for a detailed breakdown of the seven awards approved. With these latest awards, PCORI’s Board has approved $1.7 billion in funding since 2012 for 600 patient-centered CER studies and related projects to enhance the methods and infrastructure needed to support rigorous, efficient CER. All awards are approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff, as well as a completion of a formal award contract.

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