Can the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Become Relevant to Controlling Medical Costs and Improving Value?


(The Journal of the American Medical Association)

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by Robert H. Brook

November 9, 2011

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."

The remainder of this op-ed can be found at

JAMA. 2011;306(18):2020-2021.

This commentary originally appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association on November 9, 2011. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.