Department News : 2014 :

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Contract Awarded to Dr. Feaster

Daniel Feaster, Ph.D., associate professor of public health sciences, was recently awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute contract for his project titled “Methods for Heterogeneity of Treatment Effects: Random Forest Counterfactual Machines”.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC. Congress authorized the establishment of PCORI in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Their mandate is to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions. Specifically, PCORI funds comparative clinical effectiveness research, or CER, as well as support work that will improve the methods used to conduct such studies.

The goal of PCORI’s work is to determine which of the many healthcare options available to patients and those who care for them work best in particular circumstances. They do this by taking a particular approach to CER called Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, or PCOR, research that addresses the questions and concerns most relevant to patients, and we involve patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders, along with researchers, throughout the process.