Boulware receives Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, chief of the division of general internal medicine, recently received a funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Dr. Boulware received a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award entitled “Engaging patients, community, and health system stakeholders to establish PCOR priorities.” This two-year, $250,000 grant will allow Duke’s Center for Community and Population Health Improvement to conduct a series of county-wide colloquia and conferences to establish priorities and plans for comparative effectiveness studies that address health needs in Durham and surrounding North Carolina communities.

“This Award will facilitate our creation of an overarching and impactful research agenda for future PCOR efforts at Duke that are directly responsive to patient and community needs in our region,” Boulware said. “It will also provide a critical foundation for training community members, health system leaders, and researchers in best practices for collaborating on patient-centered outcomes research and fueling the generation of high-quality studies.”

The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award is named in honor of Duke Chancellor for Health Affairs Eugene Washington, MD, MPH, MSc, who served as the first chair of PCORI's Board of Governors. The award supports the more active integration of patient, stakeholder, and research communities in the research process.

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

Read about PCORI awardee Kevin Thomas, MD and check out other PCORI news coverage on the Duke Translational Medicine Institute website.