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Acad Radiol. 2016 Jan;23(1):8-17. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2015.08.027. Epub 2015 Oct 23.

Opportunities for Patient-centered Outcomes Research in Radiology.

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  • 1Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. Electronic address:
  • 2Department of Radiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.
  • 3Department of Radiology, UMass Memorial Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • 4Department of Medical Imaging and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 5Department of Radiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • 6Department of Radiology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 7Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.
  • 8Department of Radiology, UC Health, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Recently created in 2010, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) supports patient-centered comparative effectiveness research with a focus on prioritizing high-impact studies and improving trial design methodology. The Association of University Radiologists Radiology Research Alliance Task Force on patient-centered outcomes research in Radiology aims to review recently funded imaging-centric projects that adhere to the methodologies established by PCORI. We provide an overview of the successful application of PCORI standards to radiology topics, highlight how these methodologies differ from other forms of radiology research, and identify opportunities for new projects as well as potential barriers for involvement. Our hope is that review of specific case examples in radiology will clarify the use and value of PCORI methods mandated and supported nationally by the Affordable Care Act.

Copyright © 2016 The Association of University Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Comparative effectiveness research; Patient-centered outcomes research; Pragmatic trial design

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