Academy CEO Cheryl Sullivan and I recently met with representatives from PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), which was authorized by the Affordable Care Act with mandated funding of $3.5 billion through September 30, 2019.
The purpose of PCORI is to support comparative effectiveness research that matters to patients and is guided by consumers, caregivers and stakeholders.
We are pleased that Academy fellow Debra Barksdale serves on the governing board and chairs the Engagement, Dissemination, and Implementation Committee and the Scientific Publications Subcommittee. Fellow Robin Newhouse is chair of the Methodology Committee (she is featured in a PCORI video). But PCORI would like greater involvement by nurses. It's an important opportunity to access funding for some of the comparative studies of nursing interventions and dissemination work that many of us have talked about over the years. Here are opportunities that you should consider:
- Sign up for the regular e-mails that provide updates on PCORI activities and opportunities.
- Submit your name for appointment to an advisory panel or a review panel. The Academy will nominate you if you tell us you're interested in serving. Right now, PCORI is highly interested in nurses who can review proposals on obesity.
- Submit a proposal for funding. PCORI's funding priorities are assessment of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options; improving healthcare systems; communication and dissemination; addressing disparities; and accelerating patient-centered outcomes research and methodological research. These are all areas that nurse researchers can address.
We will be highlighting PCORI opportunities in future FAAN Mails. But don't wait to take advantage of this opportunity to get involved in an exciting new approach to comparative effectiveness research.
Diana J. Mason
PhD, RN, FAAN