Patient-Centered Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Research

Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) examines the outcomes and efficacy of different medical treatments and interventions to provide evidence on which strategies are most effective in different populations and situations. The goal is to empower patients, caregivers, and clinicians with evidence-based information to make better-informed health care decisions. Comparative effectiveness research (CER) involves not only comparing two or more active interventions, but also: 1) conducting these assessments in settings with real-world significance; 2) evaluating for heterogeneity of intervention effects across different subgroups of patients; and 3) focusing on perspectives of different stakeholders, with a particular emphasis on patient-centered outcomes.  

To advance PCOR and CER at UK, the UK-CHSR collaborates with research faculty across UK and patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other stakeholders focusing on the five priority areas of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI):

 •  Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options
 •  Improving Healthcare Systems
 •  Communication and Dissemination Research
 •  Addressing Disparities
 •  Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research