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AHRQ's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institutional Award (K12)

Fact Sheet

AHRQ's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institutional Award (K12)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ's) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institutional Award (K12) supports the career development of post-doctoral fellows and/or junior faculty in methods to conduct PCOR.

This fact sheet describes PCOR K12 awards made by AHRQ.

The PCOR Trust Fund provides funding for AHRQ to disseminate research findings, train researchers, and build capacity for research. Section 6301(b) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted Section 937(e) of the Public Health Service Act, authorizing AHRQ to build capacity for comparative effectiveness research by establishing grant programs that provide training of researchers in methods to conduct research.

New PCOR K12 grantees are:

  1. 1 K12 HS021695-01
    Dartmouth College and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    Bartels, Stephen (Principal investigator [PI])

    Dartmouth provides a unique academic environment focused on PCOR in health care delivery science through the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Center for Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth. The goal of the program is to prepare scholars in PCOR by providing training in research design and methodology. Mentored research opportunities will be provided to scholars so they may establish fundamental PCOR research skills, develop preliminary pilot data, and author manuscripts. Scholars will acquire research skills through an individually tailored mentoring program, a PCOR seminar, an early career development seminar, and a Mentoring Academy, which will enhance senior faculty mentoring skills for PCOR career development.

  2. 1 K12 HS021694-01
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Saag, Kenneth (PI)

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham K12 PCOR program will allow competitively selected junior faculty and senior fellows to gain further experience in minority health issues and comparative effectiveness research with a direct patient-centered focus. Drawing on a large cadre of multidisciplinary mentors, and building on infrastructure that includes resources from the University's Minority and Disparities Center and the Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education, as well as faculty supported by AHRQ's Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, scholars will have opportunities to receive targeted mentoring, receive educational enrichment via selected course work, and to participate in short rotations with key collaborators off campus.

  3. 1 K12 HS021686-01
    University of Washington
    Sullivan, Sean (PI)

    The University of Washington K12 PCOR program will provide trainees with strong interdisciplinary mentorship, a rich and patient-centered didactic curriculum, and practical hands-on research experience. Trainees will gain theoretical and methodological knowledge and practical experience necessary for designing, conducting, and implementing high-quality, integrative PCOR. Faculty from the University of Washington Center for Comparative and Health Systems Effectiveness (CHASE Alliance) will work in partnership with investigators at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Group Health Research Institute, and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System to provide training.

  4. 1 K12 HS021700-01
    Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute
    Luft, Harold (PI)

    "Applied Research Transforming Engaged Real-World Systems" is a collaboration among the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, a research unit embedded within a health care delivery system, the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco General Hospital and its network of community health clinics. Scholars in this 2-year training program will already have both the clinical and research skills to undertake excellent research, but would like to learn about doing such research embedded within, or in true partnership with, delivery systems. They will be engaged in ongoing projects with their mentors, as well as developing their own projects in multidisciplinary teams at three sites.

  5. K12 HS021706-01
    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
    Metlay, Joshua (PI)

    The PCOR K12 program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will recruit and train clinical scientists who are at an early career stage. K12 scholars will be linked to mentors and a multidisciplinary curriculum designed to produce leaders in the study of comparative health delivery systems and policies and their effect on patient outcomes. The program will engage patients and other stakeholders in the design and conduct of research. The program will also emphasize skills in research implementation and dissemination. The University of Pennsylvania has strong multidisciplinary ties across the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Wharton School of Business, and Annenberg School of Communication.

Page last reviewed October 2012
Internet Citation: AHRQ's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institutional Award (K12): Fact Sheet. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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