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Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (OS-PCORTF)

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Agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) routinely collect, link, and analyze existing data that can be used to generate new scientific knowledge about health outcomes.  In partnership with HHS agencies and offices, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) coordinates a portfolio of intradepartmental projects that build data capacity for conducting patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). 

Patient-centered outcomes research is designed to produce new scientific evidence that informs and supports the health care decisions of patients, families, and their health care providers.  PCOR studies focus on the effectiveness of prevention and treatment options with consideration of the preferences, values, and questions patients face when making healthcare choices.  The validity of PCOR findings is strengthened by a robust data infrastructure within HHS agencies that supports rigorous analyses and generates relevant findings that help inform decisions. 

This website describes the current portfolio of PCOR projects and their contributions to building data capacity that meets current HHS priorities.


Spotlight on the OS-PCORTF from NIH Collaboratory on Vimeo.

Nancy DeLew of the US Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. Wendy Weber of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health discuss the accomplishments and strategic priorities of the OS-PCORTF, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund in the Office of the Secretary.

To learn more about our vision for the future, read the OS-PCORTF 2020-2029 Strategic Plan.