The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has published its first set of proposed national priorities for research, Draft National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda Version 1. This 22-page publication highlights five focus areas for use in guiding comparative clinical effectiveness research and funding announcements.

The Institute invites comments from members of the general public including professionals, patients, and caregivers through the PCORI website between January 23 and March 15, 2012. Public input is also welcome during the Institute’s National Patient and Stakeholder Dialog on February 27, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Remote event participation will be available via webcast and dial-in teleconference.

PCORI’s patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research agenda looks at:

  1. Assessing prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options.
  2. Improving healthcare systems.
  3. Communicating and disseminating information to patients.
  4. Addressing disparities.
  5. Accelerating patient-centered and methodological research.

Upon release of research findings, patients should be better equipped to evaluate health care options and to make more informed, personalized health care decisions.

To read or download the full report, click here (PDF).