Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Healthy Aging: Optimizing Physical and Mental Functioning Across the Aging Continuum

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking to fund high-quality, comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) projects that focus on optimizing physical and mental functioning for community-dwelling older adults and their caregivers.

The Healthy Aging Targeted PCORI Funding Announcement will solicit applications for CER studies that focus on different phases of the aging continuum and aim to achieve one or more of the following four goals:

  • maintaining function and independence
  • facilitating chronic disease management
  • supporting individuals with significant functional impairment
  • reducing caregiving burden and improving quality of life

The different phases of the aging continuum include on one end the healthiest older adults who have no chronic conditions, followed by those who may have one or two well-managed conditions. Their main goal is to maintain function and independence. Next on the continuum are older adults with chronic or multiple chronic conditions whose primary health focus is to manage their conditions and slow or reverse progression, followed by those with significant functional impairment (physical and/or cognitive) who are at higher risk for adverse events, require more support, and are likely to have higher healthcare utilization and expenditures. Finally, at the other end of the continuum there are seriously ill older adults who may need end-of-life care.

Applications may focus on populations in different phases of the aging continuum except for those at the two extremes, i.e., the healthiest of older adults with no chronic health condition and those who require end-of-life care.

Please contact Gwen Allouch if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.