Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.

What was the PCCDS Learning Network?

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

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

What problem does the PCCDS-LN address?

As valuable research 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 research findings in clinical care.

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

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

Who is involved in The Learning Network?

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

Who supported 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. Please refer to the final Sustainability Proposal for information about the future of PCCDS.

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

For general inquiries, comments, and/or to get on our mailing list, please email AHRQ 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.

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.

What is meant by a Learning Network?

This Learning Network brought 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.