2015 Webinar: The P in PCOR

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As patients assume an increasingly active role throughout the entire research process—from identification of research questions to study design, execution, and dissemination of results—institutional review boards (IRBs) struggle to define the boundaries of their responsibility around human subjects protection and oversight of investigators and researchers. Challenges to those working in oversight include defining the patients’ role as members of the research team, ensuring that patients are properly informed, and managing patient expectations regarding access to data and control over study endpoints. Furthermore, technological advances and development of applications and gadgets (e.g., Fitbits, Apple ResearchKit, RedCap, etc.) provide new media for participant reporting. 

Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) is an approach to traditional comparative effectiveness research that is focused on addressing the questions and concerns most relevant to patients. PCOR helps patients and their caregivers communicate with clinicians, researchers, and other healthcare stakeholders and make informed decisions, allowing their voices to be heard in assessing the value of healthcare options. These collaborations are challenging traditional roles and responsibilities of the patient and researcher and are blurring the boundaries between research and clinical care. This webinar focused on the role of patients in PCOR and on the challenges this type of research presents to those tasked with reviewing it. Additionally, presenters considered how the expertise, experiences, and perspectives of patients as researchers can improve the IRB review process, including areas like informed consent and assessment of risks and benefits.

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, attendees were able to:

  • Understand the nature of patient involvement as active study participants
  • Manage patient expectations about getting feedback from physicians and researchers and obtaining access to personal data gathered during a study
  • Interact effectively with patients

Who should attend?

This intermediate-level webinar was of interest to IRB members, chairs, and staff as well as human research protections program staff and researchers.


Jeremy BlockJeremy Block, PhD, MPP, is an assistant professor of population health science and policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is also a chairman/vice-chairman of clinical research ethics committees across hospitals within the Mount Sinai Health System. Jeremy is primarily interested in the intersection of science and technology with society and public policy. His background includes advising at the federal, state, and local level on a variety of science and technology relevant fields including: green procurement; human research subject protections; chemical and biological weapons; emerging properties and markets with science and technology components; and research systems at public and private universities. In addition Jeremy has been involved in technology development in the areas of virtual reality as well as mobile health applications. He has a background in teaching ethics in public policy, bioethics, and science and technology policy at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Duke University and now as an adjunct professor at Baruch College CUNY. He holds a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Biology, Master’s in Public Policy, and PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University.

Jeremy CrosmoJeremy Corsmo, MPH, CIP, CHRC, leads Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s (CCHMC’s) human research protection program, animal care and use in research program, research laboratory safety program, research compliance program, and research integrity, education, and conflict of interests program. Jeremy completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Virginia Tech and his master’s in public health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research experience includes conducting environmental toxicology laboratory research for the US Environmental Protection Agency, as well as conducting National Institutes of Health and industry-funded clinical research in neuroscience and addiction medicine. In addition to his research experience, prior to joining CCHMC, Jeremy held regulatory/compliance positions in the pharmaceutical industry as well as at one of the largest commercial IRBs in the United States. 

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CE Credit for Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) Recertification
Webinar participants holding the CIP® credential who wish to apply credits from this webinar toward CIP® recertification may submit the Certificate of Attendance they received upon completing the online evaluation as documentation of their participation. Participation in this 90-minute webinar counts as 1.5 CE credit hours.

For recertification by CE, CIPs must complete 30 documented hours of continuing education. At least 15 of the 30 hours must either carry credits issued by a recognized accrediting body or have received advanced recognition from the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals (CCIP). Credits from PRIM&R webinars have received such advance recognition, and may be counted towards these 15 hours.

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