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PArTNER - PATient Navigator to rEduce Readmissions

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved a research award to University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System to study the effectiveness of Patient Navigators to reduce readmissions. The study is part of a portfolio of patient-centered research that addresses PCORI’s national research priorities and will provide patients with information that will help them make better informed decisions about their care.

Jerry Krishnan, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Associate Vice President for Population Health Sciences Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs (VPHA) will lead the research project at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.  The project will focus on developing and testing a program that combines proactive lay patient advocates from the community in which the patient lives (community health worker, CHW) together with a peer-led telephone information line (PATient Navigator to rEduce Readmissions [PArTNER]) to increase social support, improve self-efficacy, and reduce anxiety in patients being discharged from our hospital.

Dr. Krishnan emphasizes that “Staying out of the hospital is valued by patients and their caregivers.  The proposed program has the potential to greatly impact how hospitals improve patient experience and other outcomes using strategies tailored to the needs of the patients and caregivers they serve.”

“This project reflects PCORI’s commitment to support patient-centered comparative effectiveness research, a new approach to health research that emphasizes the inclusion of patients and caregivers at all stages of the study process,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. “The research will provide patients and those who care for them better information about the healthcare decisions they face.”

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System study is one of 51 projects totaling more than $88.5 million approved for funding by PCORI’s Board of Governors on May 6. All were selected through a highly competitive review process in which scientists, patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders helped to evaluate more than 400 applications for funding. Proposals were evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, how well they engage patients and other stakeholders, their methodological rigor, and how well they fit within PCORI’s national research priorities.

The awards are part of PCORI’s second cycle of primary research funding. This new round of funding follows PCORI’s initial approval of $40.7 million in support for 25 projects under the institute’s national research priorities. All awards in this most recent round of funding were approved pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract.

For more information about PCORI’s Funding Announcements, visit


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit 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 health care decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available at

Collaborating Institutions:

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Society of Hospital Medicine

COPD Foundation

Northwestern University

Veterans Administration

University of Illinois Sickle Cell Patient Council

Academy Health

National Jewish Health

Howard University

Social Work Policy Institute

Baystate Medical Center

Olmsted Medical Center

University of California at San Francisco

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago

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