Project selected for funding by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
A joint research team from the Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC), and Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities has begun a three-year study aiming to improve the school hearing screening and referral process to reduce childhood hearing loss in rural Alaska. The research approved for a $1.9 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will begin holding focus groups and community meetings this summer in the first phase of the project.
“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 NSHC to share the results.”
Hearing Norton Sound was selected for PCORI funding 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.
“We have a fantastic team, ready to work directly with educators, parents, patients, health aides and community members in the Norton Sound region,” Lead Audiology Stakeholder and Co-Principal Investigator Samantha Kleindienst said. “Success of the project is in direct line with gaining experiential knowledge of the patients and those providing care. We look forward to partnerships with individuals throughout the region to reduce childhood hearing loss by improving the school screening and referral process.”
“This research would not be possible without the funding award from PCORI,” Kleindienst said. “We are grateful for their support to begin work that aims to improve the lives of individuals throughout rural Alaska.”
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. For more information about PCORI’s funding, visit www.pcori.org. http://www.pcori.org/funding/opportunities
For more information on Hearing Norton Sound, including an overview and staff information, visit www.hearingnortonsound.com or contact Samantha Kleindienst at 907-434-0433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.