Patient Community Advisory Committee

Central Hub of Patient and Clinician Engagement

CAPriCORN is committed to incorporating the patient and clinician voice in all aspects of operations to ensure clinical research meets the needs of our communities.

As part of this commitment, CAPriCORN established a Patient Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) to be the central hub of patient and clinician engagement. The PCAC is comprised of patients, community members, caregivers, advocates, and healthcare providers. They meet regularly to provide feedback and recommendations related to CAPriCORN activities and research. Discussion of projects at an early, formative stage leads to research designs that better reflect the needs of patients and providers.

PCAC members are liaisons to the broader communities they represent, facilitating the transfer of information between CAPriCORN and the larger community.

In 2019, PCAC and the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group was awarded a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award for Conference Support. The grant involves planning and implementing the “Elevating the Patient Voice in Research” project, which is designed to increase patient participation in research and to guide future health research priorities.

CAPriCORN provided pilot data in a timely fashion to support my successful NIH-funded K23 career development award.

‐ Jessica Ridgway, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UChicago Medicine