AAPA Announces Initiative to Drive PA Use of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Alexandria, Va. (September 14, 2023) – The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) has launched a new initiative to enhance physician associates/physician assistants (PAs) use of patient-centered research. AAPA has been approved for funding through the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The funds will support the Building Capacity for PA Dissemination Initiative and will increase PA awareness, training and access to PCOR research findings.

The project will integrate PCOR research education and promotion initiatives into AAPA’s National Health Priorities (NHP). The pilot implementation will focus on disseminating mental health research findings of highest relevance to PA patient populations in order to build a build a research-based foundation for AAPA’s NHPs that align with PCOR findings.

[Visit AAPA’s PCOR resources here.]

“AAPA is committed to advancing patient-centered care,” said AAPA CEO Lisa M. Gables. “During a time when advancements in medical knowledge and delivery are occurring every day, ensuring healthcare providers have ready access to the latest data is essential to delivering innovative patient care.”

The Building Capacity for PA Dissemination Initiative is part of a portfolio of projects that PCORI has funded to help develop a community of patients and other stakeholders equipped to participate as partners in comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) and disseminate PCORI-funded study results. Through the Engagement Award Program, PCORI is creating an expansive network of individuals, communities and organizations interested in and able to participate in, share, and use patient-centered CER.

According to Greg Martin, PCORI’s Chief Engagement, Dissemination, and Implementation, “This project was selected for Engagement Award funding because it will involve stakeholders in actively disseminating PCORI-funded research results to those who can use this information to inform healthcare decisions. We look forward to working with AAPA throughout the course of their project.”

AAPA’s project and the other projects approved for funding by the PCORI Engagement Award Program were selected through a highly competitive review process in which applications were assessed for their ability to meet PCORI’s engagement goals and objectives, as well as program criteria. For more information about PCORI’s funding to support engagement efforts, visit pcori.org/content/eugene-washington-pcori-engagement-awards/.


PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence 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.


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About the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA)
AAPA is the national membership organization for all physician associates/physician assistants (PAs). PAs are licensed clinicians who practice medicine in every specialty and setting. Trusted, rigorously educated and trained healthcare professionals, PAs are dedicated to expanding access to care and transforming health and wellness through patient-centered, team-based medical practice. PA has been named one of the best jobs overall and one of the best healthcare jobs for the sixth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. The PA profession ranked number three this year in Best STEM jobs. Learn more about the profession at aapa.org and engage through FacebookLinkedInInstagram, and Twitter.