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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Projects

SCCM has collaborated on PCORI-funded research projects.

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization that funds research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.

Current Projects

Addressing Barriers to Engaging Patients and Caregivers Experiencing Critical Illness to Build Capacity for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is collaborating with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing on a project that will use group concept mapping to gather input from patients, family members, clinicians, researchers, and others to identify strategies that can be used for overcoming barriers to engaging patients and family members in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) in the ICU and post-ICU settings.

Project Colead: SCCM Past President Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, FNAP, MCCM
Project Colead: Marianna LaNoue, PhD
SCCM Staff Partners: Adair Andrews, RN, MATD; Susan Lacey, RN, PhD, CNI, FAAN

This project was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (EACB-26623)


Completed Projects

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research - Intensive Care Unit (PCOR-ICU)

The PCOR-ICU Collaborative: Improving Care for Critically Ill Patients and Families Through Research Dissemination and Implementation brought together ICU teams to implement patient- and family-centered care initiatives. The teams participated in a 10-month collaborative to implement a patient and family engagement initiative focusing on one of the following initiatives:
  • Integrating patient and family participation in rounds (patient- and family-centered rounds)
  • Integrating structured patient and family care conferences to mutually establish the goals of care
  • Disseminating information and providing support to families about ways to assist with the care of their loved one
  • Implementing open visitation (non-restricted ICU hours)
  • Facilitating the use of patient and family ICU diaries
  • Implementing integrative therapies, such as music or pets, in the ICU setting
  • Forming or enhancing an effective patient and family advisory group
  • Other project of the team’s choice relevant to patient- and family-centered care
Project Leads: Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FAAN, FCCM, and Jerry J. Zimmerman, MD, PhD, FCCM

This program was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (2626-SCCM).