GAO Calls for Patient-Centered Research, Public Comment


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)’s Methodology Committee released a report dated July 23, 2012, calling for “Standards for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.”  In a perspective piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors from the committee say “The legislative mandate to generate a methods report, methodologic standards, and a translation table as guidance for a national research initiative is visionary. It tells us that for research to be meaningful, its methodologic foundation must be scientifically sound and patient-centered — and that all stakeholders should be able to gauge the research’s quality and usefulness for decision making. It tells us that if medical research is to realize the promise of improving health, the methods matter.”

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Related items:
Getting the Methods Right — The Foundation of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective” by report authors)
PCORI Draft Methodology Report Public Comment Survey

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].