FINDING A MIDDLE GROUND: PRAGMATIC CLINICAL TRIALS

The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC): 12/19/13

Health care stakeholders are going to hear a lot more about pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs) in the coming year, especially since the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has announced plans to fund this type of research in 2014.

During its board meeting last month, PCORI explained that timing and funding constraints often dissuade researchers from submitting important research questions for funding consideration. In response to this challenge, PCORI is expected to announce plans to increase funding levels, allow for longer study durations, and emphasize high-priority questions that cannot be answered by more traditional study types in other research areas. Some of this research will be initiated as a PCT under PCORI’s national Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRN) and Patient Powered Research Networks (PPRN) as part of their strategic goals.  In other cases, this may be done through targeted funding announcements such as comparing obesity treatment options in more practical settings. Read more