What is Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)?

The web site of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) provides this definition of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research:

"Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) helps people and their caregivers communicate and make informed healthcare decisions, align their voices to be heard in assessing the value of healthcare options. This research answers patient-centered questions such as:

  1. "Given my personal characteristics, conditions and preferences, what should I expect will happen to me?"
  2. "What are my options and what are the potential benefits and harms of those options?"
  3. "What can I do to improve the outcomes that are most important to me?"
  4. "How can clinicians and the care delivery systems they work in help me make the best decisions about my health and healthcare?"

To answer these questions, PCOR:

  • Assesses the benefits and harms of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, palliative, or health delivery system interventions to inform decision making, highlighting comparisons and outcomes that matter to people;
  • Is inclusive of an individual's preferences, autonomy and needs, focusing on outcomes that people notice and care about such as survival, function, symptoms, and health related quality of life;
  • Incorporates a wide variety of settings and diversity of participants to address individual differences and barriers to implementation and dissemination; and
  • Investigates (or may investigate) optimizing outcomes while addressing burden to individuals, availability of services, technology, and personnel, and other stakeholder perspectives."

PCOR and CER Resources

PCOR WorkshopsPCOR Workshops
Patient-centered outcomes research workshops
1st and 3rd Monday's at noon.
2103 Stockton Blvd.

PCOR Workshop PresentationsPCOR Workshop Presentations
Selected slides from the PCOR Workshop Series

EventsCER Methods Course
A free-of-charge course in Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods

QSCERT FellowshipQSCERT Fellowship
Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training (QSCERT) Postdoctoral Fellowship