One mission for the MU PCOR Center has been to promote Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and Comparative Effectiveness Research at the University of Missouri.

This has been a successful undertaking — 26 MU PCOR Small Project Awards were awarded to investigators to conduct pilot studies in PCOR and CER research. The research projects funded by MU PCOR have supported investigators from the following Mizzou Schools, Colleges and Departments:

  • School of Nursing
  • MU Thompson Center for Autism
  • School of Medicine (Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Neurology)
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Health Sciences
  • Departments of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Health Sciences
  • Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
  • Women's and Children’s Hospital
  • College of Arts and Science (Department of Psychological Sciences)
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Department of Surgery, Division of Urology

Major Projects

The MU Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research was charged with creating opportunities for practitioners to develop new research approaches that benefited patients in reaching decisions and managing their illnesses.

These major projects are:

Comparing Treatment Options to Preserve Limbs

Led by Todd Vogel, MD, MPH, FACS, Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery in the School of Medicine, Project one investigated different treatment options for patients who have poor circulation in their limbs, including both surgery and less invasive procedures. The results of the study allowed doctors to better help patients choose which method would be most effective for their situation.

Skilled Nursing Facility to Home (SNF to Home)

Associate Professor of Nursing at MU's Sinclair School of Nursing and John A. Hartford Foundation Clair M. Fagin Fellow, Lori Popejoy, Ph.D., APRN, GNS-BC, examined the patients discharge process from skilled nursing facilities to reduce re-hospitalization as well as which types of patient aids are most helpful for both hospital and SNF discharged patients and their caregivers.

Enhancing Shared Decision Making in the Management of Chronic Pain

Assistant Professors Abigail Rolbiecki and Ben Crenshaw led this study examining the impact of a photo-elicitation and online care community intervention on patient-identified areas of function. Using a 3-item measure of chronic pain, investigators captured the impact of this intervention on patient function and assessed the effectiveness of the intervention on improving patients’ self-efficacy to manage pain, as well as the patient’s level of pain acceptance.