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PCORI Asthma Evidence to Action Network

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) – a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 – is unique in its focus on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). Patients and caregivers are included as part of research teams.

PCORI is developing and evaluating Evidence to Action Networks to enhance dissemination and implementation of CER results. Network participants include the investigators, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders involved in PCORI awardee research projects in addition to key end users such as clinicians, payers, employers, and policymakers. The networks will help awardee teams to better connect with one another while research is underway, which is expected to enhance relevance and uptake of eventual findings.

PCORI’s first such network is the Asthma Evidence to Action Network (Asthma E2AN), which includes fourteen awardee teams. The network is comprised of researchers and stakeholders working on asthma across several PCORI national priority research and program areas.

Abt Associates and its partners – the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation and gravitytank – will work with PCORI and awardee teams to facilitate the Asthma E2AN. The Asthma E2AN will enable cross-learning among the 14 participating teams, bring to light shared questions and methods, and support the application of multiple perspectives and disciplines to address common challenges.

The Asthma E2AN will help to accomplish PCORI’s strategic goals of accelerating the pace of research and findings implementation. Other goals include influencing research and other funders, encouraging network participants to further increase patient and stakeholder engagement in their research, disseminate findings to various audiences, and, ultimately, improve patient care for asthma.

The Abt team will conduct a needs assessment of the funded awardees and their partners to help design network activities on topics of mutual interest and to establish shared objectives for the Asthma E2AN. Additionally, the team will develop and implement a process and outcome evaluation of the network. 
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