AHRQ, PCORI allocate $40M to fund patient outcomes research at 11 learning health systems

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will provide 11 organizations with a total of $40 million in funding to train researchers on how to conduct patient-centered outcomes research.

Through the initiative, trained clinician and research scientists will work within learning health systems to identify how the organizations can improve patient outcomes "through the systematic generation, adoption and application of evidence," according to a press release from AHRQ.

AHRQ will manage the five-year initiative, which is jointly funded with PCORI.

"The ultimate goal for PCORI and AHRQ is to bring rigorous science to produce generalizable evidence that improves the quality of care and the health of individuals, both within and beyond these centers of excellence," PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, said in a press release. "These awards will help to grow the number of researchers with the knowledge and skill to learn from the real-world practice going on within their delivery systems and the real-world data being generated in ever-increasing quantity."

Here are the 11 learning health systems that will receive funding:

  • A Chicago Center of Excellence in Learning Health Systems Research Training — Northwestern University (Chicago)
  • CATALyST: Consortium for Applied Training to Advance the Learning Health System with Scholars/Trainees — Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (Seattle)
  • Learning Health System Scholar Program at Vanderbilt — Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Leveraging Infrastructure to Train Investigators in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Learning Health System — Indiana University School of Medicine, (Indianapolis)
  • Minnesota Learning Health System Mentored Career Development Program — the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)
  • NW Center of Excellence & K12 in Patient Centered Learning Health Systems Science — Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, Ore.)
  • PEDSnet Scholars: A Training Program for Pediatric Learning Health System Researchers — Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Stakeholder-Partnered Implementation Research and Innovation Translation program — UCLA (Los Angeles)
  • The Center of Excellence in Promoting LHS Operations and Research at Einstein/Montefiore — Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York City)
  • Transforming the Generation and Adoption of PCOR into Practice — University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
  • UCSF Learning Health System K12 Career Development Program — UCSF (San Francisco)

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