Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Disseminating Patient Centered Outcomes Research To Improve Healthcare Delivery (R18)

Submission Date: September 27, 2013

Award Ceiling: $500,000

The purpose of the FOA is to leverage the capacities of existing broad-based networks of providers and other key stakeholders to disseminate and implement existing evidence for improving the quality of care delivery. Since the 2009 Recovery Act (ARRA), the scope of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) has expanded from its earlier focus on identifying improvements in clinical treatments to include improvements in care delivery. Past AHRQ-supported delivery system improvement activities have revealed unique challenges associated with actual implementation of evidence in this domain. Spread of evidence to support change in care delivery requires coordination, buy-in and active participation by diverse providers across multiple settings of care, collaboration with other key stakeholders (including payers and consumers) who are instrumental in shaping care delivery, and adaptation of interventions to local conditions. In recognition of these well-documented challenges and needs, this FOA requires that applicants represent existing networks of providers and other stakeholders that have the knowledge, on-going relationships, expertise, infrastructures, past experience and understanding of local needs and constraints to maximize buy-in, collaboration, and appropriate adaptation to local conditions.

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