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OVC is approved for almost $1 million research funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University has been approved for a $903,000 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare the effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions for traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

The study is one of 46 proposals PCORI approved for funding on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to advance the field of comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and provide patients, healthcare providers, and other clinical decision makers with information that will help them make better-informed choices. 

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is increasingly recognized as a significant public health issue. Jennifer Bogner, PhD, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Research and Academic Affairs for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the OSU Wexner Center will lead the research project that is expected to identify rehabilitation interventions associated with optimal outcomes for persons with TBI who have differing needs and characteristics.  The study will use the TBI Practice-Based Evidence (TBI-PBE) database originally developed by Drs. Susan Horn from the Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research in Salt Lake City Utah and John D. Corrigan Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, with funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.  The dataset includes detailed information on the interventions received and outcomes attained by 2130 patients who received care from 9 sites in the US and 1 in Canada. 

In addition to guidance from the Ohio Valley Center Advisory Council, persons with TBI, family members, and rehabilitation providers will be providing input for the study as co-investigators on the research team or as members of a Provider Advisory Group.  As indicated by Dr. Bogner, “The diversity in rehabilitation expertise as well as life experiences of the members of the research team will help ensure that this study will result in products that are important, relevant, and accessible to patients and their rehabilitation providers.”  The Brain Injury Association of America will play a critical role in helping to distribute the findings in ways that can be readily accessed by persons with TBI and their families.

The award has been approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract to Ohio State University.

“This project was selected for PCORI funding not only for its scientific merit and commitment to engaging patients and other stakeholders, but also for its potential to fill an important gap in our health knowledge and give people information to help them weigh the effectiveness of their care options,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “We look forward to following the study’s progress and working with Ohio State University to share the results.”

The Ohio State University study and the other projects approved for funding by PCORI were selected from 490 applications that responded fully to PCORI's funding announcements issued in February 2014. They were selected through a highly competitive review process in which patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders joined clinical scientists to evaluate the proposals. Applications were assessed for scientific merit, how well they will engage patients and other stakeholders, and their methodological rigor among other criteria.

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative clinical effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. It has approved $671 million to support 360 research studies and initiatives since it began funding research in 2012. For more information about PCORI funding, visit http://pcori.org

This website has been funded with financial assistance from Grant #H133A120086 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for the current funding period of 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017.