July 27, 2015
An article describes patient-centred outcome research in the United States in the current context. The authors state that there is a large body of medical evidence which does not reach clinical practice in many cases. The authors believe that in order to generate better health outcomes, evidence has to be put in the hands of the clinician, and into practice. To address this concern, the Affordable Care Act to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has earmarked USD 100 million to disseminate and implement Patient-centred outcomes research (PCOR) evidence. The authors believe that AHRQ will rely on its vast experience and long history in both generating new knowledge and facilitating research finding uptake. The authors detail that AHRQ has passed on the generation of the content of evidence to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. AHRQ will work towards communication of the findings with the use of Evidence-based practice centre programme, Effective Health Care Programme and through several web-based, interactive materials. The authors note that since establishing an environment receptive to PCOR, a critical need and a challenging issue, much of AHRQs’ work will be towards developing context for evidence and practice improvement.