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PCORI News August 18

Aug 19, 2021, 13:46 PM by Melodi Moore


Comparing In-Person Visits to Telehealth for Patients with Psoriasis

The University of Southern California’s April Armstrong, MD, MPH, discusses her PCORI-funded research study, which evaluated whether dermatology care received online was as effective as usual, in-person dermatology care


Digital Strategies for Returning Value to Research Participants 

A new Health Affairs blog highlights recent findings from PCORI-funded projects on how to increase the numbers and diversity of research participants by returning value, or benefits, to them and incorporating digital tools to sustainably maximize impact and scale of these efforts. In this post, the authors highlight the principles guiding this work and offer real-world examples of patient-driven research communities. 


Help Shape PCORI’s Future 

Stakeholder feedback is critical to PCORI’s strategic planning process. We invite you to learn more about our proposed National Priorities for Health, submit your comments through August 27 in English or Spanish, and read submitted comments on our website.

We are also hosting a series of Virtual Community Convenings on Research and Health to hear from a diverse range of healthcare decision makers on key themes relevant to our proposed National Priorities. Register now to join the first gathering on August 25, which will address topics including rural health and equitable access to quality care.  


PCORnet Supporting Expanding Study of At-Home COVID-19 Treatments

The National Institutes of Health has expanded its ACTIV-6 clinical trial evaluating repurposed Food and Drug Administration-approved medications as at-home treatments for mild to moderate COVID-19 to include fluvoxamine and fluticasone, in addition to ivermectin. The study is leveraging the infrastructure of the PCORI-supported PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, to speed enrollment. Nearly 15,000 patients from across the United States are expected to enroll. 


Research Prompts Improvements in Parental Mental Health Screenings

Karen Fratantoni, MD, MPH, and Lamia Soghier, MD, care for some of the country’s youngest and most vulnerable patients at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Seeing the impact of children’s health challenges on parents’ mental health, Fratantoni and Soghier spearheaded a PCORI-funded study that tested the impact of a peer support program to improve parents’ mental health and confidence in caring for their infants. Their research led to systemwide improvements at Children’s National, including the formation of a Perinatal Mental Health Taskforce and the implementation of a uniform, hospital-wide parental mental health screening.


PCORI has launched a search for a Chief of Research Infrastructure. This leader will help achieve PCORI’s vision of providing a large, efficient, patient-centered clinical research infrastructure and execute strategies to advance the methods and study design for patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). This individual will also oversee activities to advance training and knowledge of innovative methods in embedded research, data science, and analysis to improve capacity for conducting large-scale, rapid, and efficient PCOR.


Welcome to the UTMB Research Resources Blog

Sponsored by Research Services, the blog is set up to assist the UTMB research community by disseminating information from various sources in one reliable, relatable and easy to locate place.  Users will be able to find updates from NIH, UT System and UTMB as well as special events and lectures taking place at the University, Galveston and in the area. Available funding opportunities are also included and in most cases broken down by career level for convenience and searching ease.

The blog is designed to be an interactive tool for researchers at all levels.  Readers are encouraged to comment, suggest topics and forward ideas.

Please visit the Research Resources Blog often.  To receive updates of all blog articles, please join the UTMB Research Community Team.  Once there, you can also join the channels you feel would benefit you most.