Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

The UT Southwestern Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) was established at UT Southwestern in October 2013 through a grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The Center aims to increase the capacity of UT Southwestern researchers in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER).

Goals of the Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

  1. Develop the infrastructure and programs to increase the breadth and depth of expertise and research activity in PCOR/CER.
  2. Create formal education, training, mentorship, and career development activities in PCOR/CER for faculty, trainees, and students, and expand understanding of PCOR/CER principles across our campus and in our partner health systems.
  3. Establish the structures, policies, and procedures needed to support meaningful stakeholder engagement in PCOR/CER.
  4. Conduct innovative PCOR/CER aimed at improving processes and outcomes of care among underserved patients and populations.
  5. Disseminate findings from our PCOR/CER studies to researchers, institutions, health systems, and other stakeholders locally, regionally, and nationally.
  6. Perform ongoing formative and summative evaluation of our progress, and identify and overcome any barriers to success.

The Center for Patient Centered Outcomes Research is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Grant Number 1R24HS022418-01. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.