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What populations of interest does PCORI want to address with its research?

Our PFAs have always noted the importance of including diverse populations in studies, with respect to age, gender, race, ethnicity, geography, or clinical status. We have developed the following, more detailed list of “hard-to-reach” or lesser-studied populations to guide our research and engagement efforts:

  • Racial and ethnic minority groups
  • Low-income groups
  • Women
  • Children (age 0–17 years)
  • Older adults (65 years and older)
  • Residents of rural areas
  • Individuals with special healthcare needs, including individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals with multiple chronic diseases
  • Individuals with rare diseases
  • Individuals whose genetic makeup affects their medical outcomes
  • Patients with low health literacy, numeracy and/or limited English proficiency
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons
  • Veterans and members of the Armed Forces and their families
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