Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I get involved with the PCCDS-LN?

To participate in an ongoing collaboration around the identification of key patient-centered outcomes research findings and their dissemination into point of care clinical decision support systems, ultimately improving patient care. This work will position care providers for the transition to value based payments (MACRA) and better ensure that we are engaged in delivering more medical care that works effectively and less care that does not.

What is is a website and collaboration space for interested parties to convene, discuss, and develop synergies to facilitate the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCCDS-LN).

What problem does the PCCDS-LN address?

As valuable PCOR findings are released, it remains a challenge to incorporate these findings into CDS effectively. This learning network was created to help address these challenges, to more effectively overcome barriers to implementing patient-centered outcomes research findings in clinical care.

What kinds of activities is the learning network going to be engaged in?

This learning network will provide subject matter expertise, management, mentoring, collaboration, and peer-learning opportunities.

Who is involved in The Learning Network?

The Learning Network is governed by an executive committee of renowned experts in Patient-Centered CDS, supported by a team from RTI International, and connects an active community of members across multiple areas including payers, providers, patients, EHR vendors, and CDS vendors.

Who supports the PCCDS-LN?

Initial support for the PCCDS-LN is provided through a U18 grant by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (U18 HS024849) for four years from April 1, 2016 until January 31, 2020. We anticipate that the PCCDS-LN will become self-sustaining after this initial funding has ended.

How can I get involved or learn more about the PCCDS-LN?

For general inquiries, comments, and/or to get on our mailing list, please register or email the PCCDS-LN at

What is Clinical Decision Support (CDS)?

CDS is a process for enhancing health-related decisions and actions by patients, providers and others to improve health and care delivery. CDS interventions draw from a rich palette of options that ideally make the right thing to do easy. Examples include highlighting care needs (such as for disease screening and management) in individuals and populations through dashboards and registry reports, as well as addressing those needs through evidence-based order sets and judicious use of notifications tied to appropriate action. (Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide)

What is Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support?

CDS that supports individual patients and their approved caregivers and/or care teams in health-related decisions and actions by leveraging information from evidence-based research (CER and PCOR) and/or patient-specific information (e.g. patient-generated health data).

What is Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)?

Patient-centered outcomes research is defined as patients, researchers, health systems, clinicians and others coming together to make health research more efficient and powerful, and less expensive, by collaboratively harnessing the power of large amounts of health data. It allows patients and providers the power to make more informed health decisions. However, current research has revealed a gap between patient-centered outcomes research findings and how those findings are implemented into clinical care. (ACA)

What is meant by a Learning Network?

This Learning Network will bring together public and private stakeholders to promote a sustainable community around developing and disseminating decision support tools by accelerating collaborative learning, overcoming barriers and facilitators to use, and evaluating impact.