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PCORP Program Welcomes New Scholars for 2016

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP) program welcomes 11 new scholars into the 2016-18 cohort.
PCORP Program Welcomes New Scholars for 2016

Scholars in the 2015-17 cohort work with faculty at the 2015 Summer Institute.

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP) program welcomes 11 new scholars into the 2016–18 cohort. They begin their online training this spring.

March 21, 2016

Since the early 1980s, growing numbers of health care consumers and other stakeholders have increasingly recognized the importance of including patients in the medical research process. Many believe more patient participation will help scientists answer important research questions that can improve our health systems. The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP) program, housed at NWCPHP, teaches its scholars about up-to-date methods in this field. Earlier this winter, the program selected 11 new participants to join the 2016–18 cohort.

“Patient-centered outcomes research is an emerging field that fosters the true integration of the patient perspective throughout the research process,” said PCORP Program Director Larry Kessler, ScD. “We are excited to welcome these new scholars and help them build individual and organizational capacity this field.”

PCORP is part of a 5-year grant to train scientists, clinicians, and health care managers in conducting research on patient-centered outcomes and the comparative effectiveness of medical treatments. The program selects trainees from four large partner organizations around the Pacific Northwest to participate in online and in-person training and one-on-one mentoring from University of Washington faculty. Scholars use the faculty coaching and knowledge gained to conduct a research project that answers an important question at their health care organization.

Members of PCORP’s first nine-member training cohort, which runs from 2015–2017, have finished much of their online preparatory work and are investigating a wide variety of topics for their organizational projects, including colorectal cancer screening, using telepharmacy for chronic disease management, heart failure interventions, and more.

Although scholars participate in the program for two-year stints, program leaders hope the individual and organizational partnerships built during the experiential learning process last much longer. “This program came about from the desire to strengthen research collaborations between the University of Washington and health care organizations around the region,” said Kessler. “We want to stay connected for many years to come.”

Scholars in the 2016–18 cohort begin their online training in April and will meet in-person this coming July in Seattle for a week-long training institute.

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