April 24—The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will invest $68 million to develop a national patient-centered clinical research network. The aim of the investment is to improve the nation’s capacity to efficiently conduct comparative clinical effectiveness research, according to PCORI, which was established by the Affordable Care Act.

Some of the funding will go toward supporting clinical data research networks to develop the capacity to conduct randomized comparative effectiveness studies using data from clinical practice in large, defined populations. The rest of the funding will support patient-powered research networks, groups of patients interested in forming a research network and participating in research.

The initiatives can unite patients, researchers, and healthcare systems to support efficient, effective observational and interventional studies with active participation from broad patient populations, PCORI says.

Publication Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013