Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCCDS-LN)

On January 31, 2020 the PCCDS Learning Network, an AHRQ-funded initiative, was ended. This website is no longer being maintained. Many of the activities and materials developed by the PCCDS Learning Network are still freely available on this website.

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On January 31, 2020 the PCCDS Learning Network, an AHRQ-funded grant, ended. Many of the resources from this four-year initiative are still available on this website. A few of the high-level achievements of this initiative are listed below.

  • With engaged leadership and passionate community members, learning networks can successfully provide the foundation for future work even in complex areas or across multiple disciplines.
  • Beginning the conversation by bringing the patient to the center of care differentiated the work.
  • Valuing the importance and significance of community engagement helped lay a broad and innovative foundation for future work. 
  • Read more about future planning for PCCDS in our Sustainability Proposal

Lessons Learned

On January 31, 2020 the PCCDS Learning Network, an AHRQ-funded grant, ended. Some important lessons learned from this effort are listed below.

  • Consider use cases to focus the work early on
  • If working across several emerging areas, develop stakeholder engagement early with frequent touchpoints
  • Plan for sustainability from the outset

What is the Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCCDS-LN)?

The PCCDS-LN is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-supported effort that brings together diverse stakeholders to promote a sustainable community around developing, disseminating, and applying evidence-enabled, patient-centered clinical decision support.

The PCCDS-LN is designed to:

  • Accelerate collaborative learning
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to implementing PCOR findings into clinical practice with the assistance of CDS
  • Recommend ways to implement PCOR findings as CDS
  • Reinforce facilitators for effective CDS use
  • Measure PCOR finding use in CDS
  • Evaluate its impact and plan for long-term sustainability

The PCCDS-LN engages diverse stakeholders from a variety of groups including (not limited to):

  • Patients and their Caregivers
  • Clinicians and Care Teams
  • Standards Development Organizations
  • CDS Developers and Implementers
  • Health IT and CDS Vendors
  • Payers and Regulators
  • Subject Matter Experts and Researchers


The PCCDS-LN is governed by a Steering Committee of experts in PCOR and clinical decision support, led by Barry Blumenfeld, MD, MS, Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, Jerome Osheroff, MD, and Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD, and supported by a team of researchers from RTI International. It also connects an active community of members across multiple areas including, providers, patients, health IT vendors, informatics researchers, payers and others. The PCCDS-LN is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.