One result of health care reform legislation was establishment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This relatively generously funded institute is intended to provide support for research that "helps people make informed healthcare decisions and allows their voice to be heard in assessing the value of healthcare options." This kind of research "assesses the benefits and harms of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, or healthcare delivery system interventions to inform decision-making, highlighting comparisons and outcomes that matter to people."
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This commentary appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association on November 15, 2011