RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded RTI International a grant to help overcome barriers to implementing patient-centered outcomes research findings in clinical care.
As part of the four-year grant, RTI researchers will address these barriers through the development of a patient-centered outcomes clinical decision support learning network (The PCOR CDS-LN).
“We want to address the gap between current research findings and our ability to disseminate them into clinical care,” said Barry Blumenfeld, M.D., senior physician informaticist at RTI and principal investigator on the project. “Creating a learning network will foster collaboration around the identification of key patient-centered outcomes findings and their dissemination into point of care clinical decision support systems, ultimately improving patient care.”
Patient-centered outcomes research allows patients and providers the power to make more informed health decisions. However, current research has revealed a gap between the patient-centered outcomes research findings and how those findings are implemented into clinical care.
“This gap in translating the patient-centered outcomes research findings delays the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based data to patients,” Blumenfeld said.
Clinical Decision Support, a compilation of software applications and services, plays a critical role in making key patient-centered outcomes research findings accessible and actionable, but numerous barriers to the effective use of Clinical Decision Support still exist. The network will create a multi stakeholder learning environment for addressing these barriers and will serve as a facilitator for the adoption of PCOR findings in decision support at the point of care.
“We are grateful to AHRQ for their support of this grant and are looking forward to positively impacting the adoption of effective point of care clinical decision support based upon tested PCOR findings,” Blumenfeld said.