2021 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting

The 2021 meeting included a plenary session on lessons learned and best practices to mitigate future public health crises, along with a pair of breakout sessions examining COVID-19 in relation to dementia care, and medical research and electronic health records.


COVID-19 and Dementia Care: The Silent Pandemic


Newly Funded Studies Target COVID-19 Vaccination among Long-Term Care Workers

In July 2021, PCORI announced funding for two new studies on comparing ways to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among workers in long-term care facilities. One study, by a team at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, will compare three approaches to vaccine education materials. Another study, by Dartmouth College researchers, will compare two promising ways to increase confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine among long-term care workers with usual efforts currently under way.

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PCORnet Facilitates New Research on Drugs' Effectiveness for COVID-19

ACTIV-6 — a new clinical trial platform unveiled by the National Institutes of Health — will use PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, to help determine if some prescription and over-the-counter medications can effectively treat COVID-19 in non-hospitalized patients. While some drugs approved for other conditions have been studied to treat mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, ACTIV-6 aims to provide definitive evidence for patients and clinicians seeking to manage the disease and avoid hospitalization.

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PCORI's Response to COVID-19: A Timeline

Changes to Telehealth Policy, Delivery, and Outcomes in Response to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rapid shift toward virtual visits and digital tools to monitor and help patients manage their health care. PCORI solicited a landscape review to summarize how reimbursement, regulatory, and delivery systems have changed for telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. The goal was to use this information, in combination with conversations with key stakeholders, to better understand how changes in the delivery system during COVID-19 might alter PCORI’s strategic focus on future investment in telehealth research. This report provides a rich summary of changes under the pandemic and highlights some areas in telehealth where additional research may be valuable.

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PCORI-Funded Research Studies and Engagement Awards

Applicant and Awardee FAQs Related to COVID-19

PCORI is concerned first and foremost for the health and safety of our community, including applicants, awardees, stakeholders, research participants, staff, and all others involved with PCORI. To that end, PCORI is working to assist applicants and awardees in finding solutions that may help address issues related to disruptions associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus). These issues include general guidance, addressing pre-award concerns for applicants, and addressing post-award concerns for awardees.

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PCORI Researchers Are Answering Rapidly Emerging Questions about Telehealth

Telehealth's use has risen sharply during the pandemic and is likely to remain a fixture of health care. PCORI-funded researchers are answering important questions about how best to harness its power and how to reach populations with limited access to technology or who need culturally tailored interventions.

Webinars Offer Lessons from Health Systems Dealing with Coronavirus Challenges

We revisit a Spring 2020 webinar series, which PCORI hosted and featured more than 20 healthcare and operations management experts, who discussed strategies for fine-tuning hospital capacity, staffing, and patient flow amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Engagement Tools Offer Tips for Engaging Virtually

With the coronavirus pandemic limiting in-person activities, researchers will need options for shifting in-person Engagement activities to a virtual format. Three PCORI-funded researchers offer tips to engage remotely while maintaining safety.

Past PCORI Funding Announcements

Healthcare Workers Registry and Study

PCORI-Funded HERO Registry Launched

Learn more about the 2020-launched HERO Registry, which will answer crucial questions about the impact of novel coronavirus on healthcare workers' lives.

PCORI Funds Registry, COVID-19 Study in Healthcare Workers

PCORI is supporting a registry and study of the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in preventing COVID-19 infections in US healthcare workers.

Messages from PCORI's Leadership

Last Updated: December 28, 2021

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