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J Clin Transl Sci. 2017 Oct;1(5):278-284. doi: 10.1017/cts.2017.307.

Training in patient-centered outcomes research for specific researcher communities.

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Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Department of Health Services, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
Department of Biostatistics and Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, RI, USA.
Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA.
Division of Internal Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA.


A number of publications have discussed approaches to training the scientific workforce in comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). To meet this need, funders have offered resources for developing educational materials and establishing training programs. To extend these efforts into specific researcher communities, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed an R25 Funding Opportunity Announcement that called for basic, advanced, and experiential training for a specific researcher community in collaboration with associated program partners. This paper describes the strategies developed by the 5 subsequently funded programs, their specific researcher communities and program partners, and the challenges associated with developing in-person and online programs. We focus on lessons learned that can be translated into developing training programs nationwide and on training for the special populations of interest. We also discuss the creation of a sustainable network for training and the conduct of comparative effectiveness research/patient-centered outcomes research in targeted communities.


Comparative effectiveness research; experiential training; online training; patient-centered outcomes research; researcher communities; workforce training

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