PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is an innovative initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). It is designed to make it faster, easier, and less costly to conduct clinical research than is now possible by harnessing the power of large amounts of health data and patient partnerships. In the process, it is transforming the culture of clinical research from one directed by researchers to one driven by the needs of patients and those who care for them.
“PCORnet is shifting the research paradigm through studies like ADAPTABLE by introducing a new genre of patient-centered research where patients are engaged to improve the science of clinical trial design,” said Adrian F. Hernandez, MD, MHS, director of outcomes and health services research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) and PCORnet’s Coordinating Center Co-Principal Investigator.
In 2015, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) became one of the Patient Powered Research Networks (PPRNs) that make up PCORnet. Established by the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2006 to foster communication and trust between the autism community and researchers, (IAN) aims to improve understanding of the causes of, and discover treatments for, this complicated disorder.
Scores of people — patients, researchers, and many other stakeholders — participated in the Building Trustworthiness in PCORnet meeting in Washington, DC, on March 28 and 29 to work on advancing a new model of research that is rooted in trust, honesty, and true partnerships between researchers and patients . Here are some key takeaways from that event.