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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: Making the Best Treatment Decisions

This fall, practicing clinicians at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System can enroll in a course to learn how to conduct PCOR. Dubbed PCOR PRIME (for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Innovations at Montefiore and Einstein), the six-to-ten−month online course focuses on ways to ask and answer relevant clinical questions that can improve care and optimize outcomes for patients.

Paul R. Marantz, M.D., M.P.H.
Paul R. Marantz, M.D., M.P.H.
"Most of the clinical research that is published is conducted in highly controlled environments, and applying these findings to ‘real world’ settings can be challenging. Concurrently, we accumulate a vast amount of clinical data that often goes to waste, since we’re not tapping into it, or learning from it,” said Dr. Paul Marantz, associate dean for clinical research education and professor of clinical epidemiology & population health at Einstein. “Figuring out how to conduct research on issues that matter to patients and caregivers, and making sure that our findings are applied in clinical practice, is a priority and represents a new type of scientific inquiry."

Moving from Theory to Practice

We’re all familiar with clinical efficacy studies—highly controlled research conducted using carefully selected subjects. Such studies offer valuable information about the nature of disease and its treatment and have long guided clinical practice. “But what we need are well-designed and carefully conducted effectiveness studies that assess interventions in hospitals and community settings,” said Dr. Marantz. Only by engaging patients, caregivers and researchers throughout the process, and making full use of the massive amount of biomedical data we collect—systematically analyzing it and learning from it—can we hope to improve patient care.”

Urvashi B. Patel, Ph.D.
Urvashi B. Patel, Ph.D.
Research of this kind is emerging as a key component of clinical and healthcare research. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and other governmental and non-governmental agencies now provide guidance and funding for effectiveness studies. PCOR PRIME, for example, is supported by a $2.5 million AHRQ grant. (Only four other medical schools have received similar grants: Brown University, M.D. Anderson, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Washington.)

Primed for Success

Dr. Marantz will lead the PCOR PRIME course, which kicks off with a week of intensive in-person instruction (September 8-11, 2015) followed by six to ten months of online, on-demand instruction. This part of the course leads to a PCOR PRIME certificate.

Julia H. Arnsten, M.D., M.P.H.
Julia H. Arnsten, M.D., M.P.H.
The program’s second part will be a three-month fellowship at Montefiore’s Care Management Organization (CMO), which coordinates the healthcare and disease management programs for more than 350,000 patients. Here, selected PCOR certificate graduates will get hands-on experience under close and expert supervision. Dr. Urvashi Patel, assistant professor of family and social medicine at Einstein, leads Montefiore’s CMO’s Evaluation and Outcomes Research unit and will direct the fellowship program.

The third and final part of the course will be an advanced “learning collaborative,” where faculty and students explore, develop and debate advanced and emerging PCOR methodologies. Dr. Julia Arnsten, chief of the division of general internal medicine and director of the Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research at Einstein and Montefiore, will lead the group.

PCOR PRIME is open to graduates of Einstein’s Clinical Research Training Program or its equivalents at other institutions. The program is for physicians as well as nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health professionals with prior education or training in clinical investigation. Click here for more information about PCOR PRIME or to apply.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 23, 2015