Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) helps patients and their families make better health care decisions.


PCOR helps answer questions such as:

  • Given my illness and the treatment outcomes that are most important to me, what should I expect to happen to me?
  • What are my treatment options? What are the benefits and harms of those options?
  • What can I do to help improve the treatment outcomes that are most important to me?
  • How can my health care team help me make the best decisions about my care?

PCOR looks at the benefits and harms of many treatment options to help patients and health care providers compare and make personalized treatment decisions.

PCOR focuses on the treatment outcomes that patients care about, such as survival and quality of life. It looks at care given in a wide variety of settings and among a wide variety of participants to address patients’ differences and barriers to care.

For more information about PCOR, please visit the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) website.