"We want to hear from patients, caregivers, providers and the wider health care community on whether our draft priorities and initial research agenda capture the broad areas where more evidence-based information is needed to make better decisions," PCORI Board Chairman Eugene Washington said in a statement. "This is a major milestone in our work as we continue to collaborate with all stakeholders and to build on the work of others for what we expect will be the most patient-centered research agenda yet."
The draft National Priorities for Research identifies five areas where comparative effectiveness research is needed to support decision-making:
• Assessment of Options for Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment;
• Improving Health Care Systems;
• Communication and Dissemination Research;
• Addressing Disparities; and
• Accelerating Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Methodological Research.
Comments are due by the end of the day March 15 and can be delivered via the board's website. PCORI is also hosting a daylong dialogue about the agenda with stakeholders on Feb. 27.