Research and Evaluation Group at PHMC Approved for a $50,000 Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The Research & Evaluation Group at PHMC (R&E Group) has been approved for a $50,000 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support a project on chronic pain and opioid prescription use.

R&E Group’s Travis Cos and Diana Harris will use the funds provided through PCORI’s Pipeline to Proposal Awards program to build a partnership of individuals and groups who share a desire to advance patient-centered outcomes research focused on chronic pain and opioids.

Pipeline to Proposal Awards enable individuals and groups that are not typically involved in clinical research to develop the means to develop community-led funding proposals focused on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research (CER). Established by the non-profit PCORI, the program funds help individuals or groups build community partnerships, develop research capacity, and hone a comparative effectiveness research question that could become the basis of a research-funding proposal to submit to PCORI or other health research funders.

With funding from P2P, the project team will host town halls and a half-day symposium. The audience will include: patients and families who deal with chronic pain and are directly impacted by prescription opioid use; healthcare providers working in community health centers; behavioral health providers experienced in treating opioid use disorders; community and government stakeholders, insurers and advocacy groups; and researchers.

We propose to foster an alliance between patients, community healthcare providers, and other key stakeholders to address the challenges of managing chronic pain during the ongoing opioid epidemic. The end goal is for patients to share on the experiences of chronic pain, managing pain; what has worked and what hasn’t worked and how we can create an intervention to bridge that gap. In addition, non-medication strategies to manage pain will be shared.

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