Healthcare reform board seeks comment on research agenda


"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.