BALTIMORE, Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team at the Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP) has been approved for a $250,000 funding award through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The funds will support the development of better strategies for partnering with practicing clinicians to conduct comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient- centered outcomes research (PCOR) in healthcare delivery settings.
Led by CMTP Research Director Ellen Tambor, the project will provide an opportunity for the research community to hear directly from clinicians regarding their perspectives on research engagement. "Given national efforts to integrate evidence generation with healthcare delivery, we know surprisingly little about how clinicians perceive their role in this type of research," said Ms. Tambor.
The project team will work with an advisory committee comprised of healthcare providers, patient representatives, and researchers to examine the range of roles clinicians play in CER/PCOR studies conducted in clinical settings and evaluate factors likely to influence clinician participation in research. According to Kathleen Blake, Vice President for Healthcare Quality at the American Medical Association and a member of the project advisory committee, "It is critical that a new framework for clinician engagement acknowledge the ever increasing demand for clinician time and attention and identify strategies for overcoming such barriers."
Input from a broad range of clinicians in diverse healthcare delivery settings will be solicited through focus groups and key informant interviews. The project will ultimately lead to guidance for researchers seeking to conduct CER/PCOR studies in the context of healthcare delivery. "Great progress has been made over the past 5 years in understanding how to effectively engage patients in the research process and there is now growing recognition of the need to learn how to working effectively with front line clinicians," said Sean Tunis, CMTP President and Chief Executive Officer. "We hope that this project will jump start more systematic inquiry in the field of clinician engagement."
The project, called "Clinician Engagement in PCOR: Defining a Framework for More Effective Engagement," is part of a portfolio of projects that PCORI has funded to help develop a community of patients and other healthcare stakeholders who have the knowledge, skills and partnerships to participate in and advance patient-centered outcomes research and patient-centered comparative effectiveness research.
CMTP is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that aims to make health care more effective and affordable by improving the quality, relevance, and efficiency of health care research. We focus on the design and implementation of comparative effectiveness research to produce information that helps patients, clinicians, and payers make informed treatment and policy decisions. CMTP provides a trusted forum in which a broad range of stakeholders can collaborate to identify important research questions, design appropriate studies, and develop innovative partnerships to implement these studies.
PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.
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SOURCE Center for Medical Technology Policy