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What are the National Priorities for Health?

Adopted by PCORI’s Board in 2021, PCORI’s National Priorities for Health are a comprehensive set of mutually reinforcing goals that focus on impact and drive research funding and other initiatives to improve patient care and health outcomes. The breadth of the goals allows for flexibility, agility, and responsiveness to both foreseen and unforeseen changes in the healthcare landscape. The National Priorities for Health were developed, revised, and finalized with extensive stakeholder input.  The National Priorities for Health build upon PCORI’s historical funding framework of research approaches to improve patient-centered health with comparative clinical effectiveness research.

The National Priorities are listed below with no priority or ranking implied by their order:

  • Increase Evidence for Existing Interventions and Emerging Innovations in Health
    • Goal: Strengthen and expand ongoing comparative clinical effectiveness research focused on both existing interventions and emerging innovations to improve healthcare practice, health outcomes, and health equity.
  • Accelerate Progress Toward an Integrated Learning Health System
    • Goal: Foster actionable, timely, place-based, and transformative improvements in patient-centered experiences, care provision, and ultimately improved health outcomes through collaborative, multisectoral research to support a health system that understands and serves the needs and preferences of individuals.
  • Achieve Health Equity
    • Goal: Expand stakeholder engagement, research, and dissemination approaches that lead to continued progress toward achieving health equity in the United States.
  • Advance the Science of Dissemination, Implementation, and Health Communication
    • Goal: Advance the scientific evidence for and the practice of dissemination, implementation, and health communication to accelerate the effective sharing of comparative clinical effectiveness research results for public understanding and uptake into practice.
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