How You Can Help a Health Research Institute Answer Pressing Questions

The trend over the last decade has been Americans’ ability to tune in to their favorite reality TV shows and vote on who should advance to the next round.

The newest trend, however, is that you can help decide on something much more important: which proposals the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) should fund to answer some of the health care questions that matter most to patients.

Too often, patients and their caretakers are left guessing about options for preventing, diagnosing and treating various conditions. These questions remain because the research hasn’t answered them, yet. PCORI was created to address this problem by funding research to give patients, their caregivers and clinicians the evidence needed to make decisions that reflect their preferences.

Patient-Centered Research Seeks to Improve Conversations About Mental Illness

Despite the fact that mental illness affects one in every four Americans, more often than not it isn’t addressed in public discussions about health care. So, when is the right time to raise awareness and garner support for the 57 million Americans struggling with mental health issues? Today—right now.

Too many patients, families and even caregivers lack quality information to make a good decision about their health, especially when the situation involves mental illness. A new independent health research organization, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), seeks to change that common problem. PCORI is designed to answer questions that matter most to patients and their caregivers.

What Health Care Questions Do You Want Answered by Research?

What are my options? What would work best for me? Those questions are asked every day by individuals in doctor’s offices and hospitals when trying to decide on the course of action for a health condition or disease.

Patients want to know which therapies will work best, given their personal characteristics, conditions and preferences. They may be deciding between medicine or surgery, between traditional therapies or alternatives, or even between treatment and no treatment at all.

Too often, patients do not have reliable, research-based information to make choices that reflect their situations or the outcomes most important to them.