PCORI Board of Governors approves $49.5 million to fund new research studies addressing pain relief, smoking cessation, mental health and other conditions

The board also agrees 60 million dollars For new financing opportunities and $1.8 billion 3-year financing commitment plan

WashingtonAnd December 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today approved two lists of research funding awards totaling $49.5 million To support nine new CER studies aimed at improving care for adults and children across a range of health conditions. Three of these studies in total $23.5 million Focusing on telehealth and mobile health strategies, the future of which is currently the subject of many clinical and policy discussions.

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better informed health care decisions. PCORI is committed to constantly seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders to guide its work. (PRNewsfoto/Institute for Research on Patient Centered Outcomes)

“With the explosion of telehealth, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, studies evaluating the success of telehealth strategies in different contexts have become very relevant for many Americans, and we look forward to the insights from these studies as well as all other recent studies. research projects,” said the Executive Director of the PCORI Naquila’s. cookMD, MPH “In addition, we are pleased that PCORI is expanding its research portfolio in two priority areas with today’s approval of a new study on reducing inequalities in maternal health and a new study on improving care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The newly approved CER Telehealth Studies will expand an existing strong portfolio of PCORI-funded research that determines the efficacy of telehealth for a wide range of conditions and situations.

One new Early Warning Rate (CER) study will evaluate how effective two new mobile health (mHealth) technologies are in helping people quit smoking. Using mHealth’s approach to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) called iCanQuit alone with a combination of iCanQuit and Motiv8, a technology that provides financial rewards based on evidence of smoking abstinence, will compare each of these telehealth options with traditional cessation approaches such as telephone counseling Through “quitlines”.

The CER Pain Relief Study seeks to determine whether a single online class called Empowered Relief that teaches pain relief skills is as or more effective than the gold standard treatment of eight sessions of CBT in helping people manage their chronic pain and whether Either treatment worked better for some people than others. If online class proves effective, it can increase access to care by offering less stressful ways to develop coping skills.

As evidence mounts that yoga can help people with mild to moderate depression feel better, this study will compare results between people who participate in a real-time remote yoga program with those who receive a recommended form of psychotherapy called Behavioral activation via video conference or telephone. .

Additional CER studies approved for funding include:

  • The CARES trial, which will compare the use of a low-dose opioid regimen to that of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to see which works best in helping patients relieve their pain while they recover at home after surgery that is low-risk and has the least amount of associated harm .

  • The CER study will use real-world data from nearly 400,000 medical records to determine whether detection and treatment of genital herpes infection early in pregnancy reduces the chances of birth-related health problems among African Americans and racial disparities in maternal outcomes. Current guidelines call for treatment of genital herpes infection later in pregnancy with the goal of protecting newborns from the risk of transmitting the virus.

  • A CER study that will help parents of young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to choose which of the peer group interventions — one focused on support and information sharing and the other with the same focus but adding training in advocacy skills — improve better health outcomes for themselves and their children.

Details of these and all other studies approved for funding are available on the PCORI website. All funding awards have been approved pending review of the works and programs by PCORI staff and the issuance of formal award contracts. With these recent awards, PCORI has invested in $3.3 billion To fund patient-centered CER and support other projects designed to enhance CER methods and the infrastructure needed to perform CER rigorously and effectively.

Targeted Funding, Three-Year Funding Commitment Plan and Research Agenda

In addition to approving award listings, the Board has also approved that PCORI will develop and issue two announcements targeted to fund PCORI in 2022. One will provide up to $30 million to fund studies comparing the effectiveness of methods to prevent or treat alcohol abuse among young adults ages 12 to 17. The other will provide up to $30 million To evaluate interventions to prevent, detect early, or treat delirium in older adults.

It will be part of an ambitious three-year funding commitment plan $1.8 billion approved by the council today. This plan includes $1.5 billion for research studies, 180 million dollars To publish and implement projects, and 160 million dollars For infrastructure-related projects and acceleration of patient-centered outcome research.

In this regard, PCORI is preparing to open a public comment period on the proposed research agenda with Board approval to seek input on this proposed framework to advance its national health priorities and guide the continued development of a research project agenda with patient and stakeholder input.

About PCORI

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better informed health care decisions. PCORI is committed to constantly seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders to guide its work.

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